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Cuomo Prioritized Family Members, Administration to Receive COVID Tests While Others Were Desperate

The NY Gov arranged COVID testing for his family, including his CNN anchor brother Chris

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has been lambasted for his handling of the novel coronavirus in his state of New York. Amongst criticism, is a cover-up for knowingly placing patients who tested positive for COVID-19 back in nursing homes with the most vulnerable elderly population. Now, media outlets have found additional disturbing information.

“In the early months of the pandemic, when COVID-19 tests were scarce, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to make the testing available to those most in need” reports the Democrat and Chronicle. However, “turns out that included his family. Embers and other well-connected people close to his administration” according to reports reviewed Wednesday night.

The Washington Post and the Times Union in Albany, reported: “Cuomo’s office arranged COVID testing for his family, including his CNN anchor brother Chris, and other influential people with close Cuomo ties.” Tests were conducted at their own homes, in part by Dr. Eleanor Adams, “an epidemiologist who was a special advisor to the state Health Department, the reports said, citing unnamed sources.”

Cuomo’s office did not deny reports, but deflected, saying “we should avoid insincere efforts to rewrite the past” Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s special adviser, said in a statement. The office also said the state was trying to test as many people as possible “to develop a contact tracing program” and cited door-to-door efforts to test residents in hot spots.

Azzopardi said efforts were aimed at taking “samples from those believed to have been exposed to COVID in order to identify cases and prevent additional ones.” He added, “In the early days of this pandemic, when there was a heavy emphasis on contact tracing, we were absolutely going above and beyond to get people testing – including in some instances going to people’s homes.”

The instances which included “going to people’s homes” just so happened to be family members and those connected to the administration. What a coincidence!

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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At Least 3 US Airlines Will Restore Flight Privileges To Some Mask Violators

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At least three major U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines – have now said they will allow some passengers who were banned from their planes over mask violations to have their flight privileges restored – determined on a case-by-case basis.

On Wednesday, Delta released a statement saying, “At Delta, nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and our people. With masks now optional, Delta will restore flight privileges for customers on the mask non-compliance no-fly list only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us.”

“Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta’s permanent no-fly list. Customers who demonstrated egregious behavior and are already on the permanent no-fly list remain barred from flying with Delta,” the statement added.

United Airlines similarly announced it will allow passengers it banned for not following mask rules to be allowed to fly again.

“On a case-by-case basis, we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” United Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines will also allow passengers banned for violating mask rules “to resume travel at some point in time,” according to the company’s chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.

“In cases where an incident may have started with face mask noncompliance and escalated into anything involving something more serious, or certainly an assault on one of our key members or customers, those passengers are going to remain on our permanent internal refuse list and will never be allowed to travel with us again,” Gatten said.

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