The liberal media desires you to assume that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York was the proper instance of the way to deal with the coronavirus disaster. However in actuality, they’d the very best variety of COVID-19 deaths within the nation and have the very best price of nursing house cases-to-deaths. As an alternative of noting these information throughout Sunday’s Meet the Press, NBC political director Chuck Todd allowed Cuomo to control the reality whereas concurrently lecturing states like Florida and Texas.
As they approached the tip of their interview, Todd tentatively broached the topic of New York’s huge variety of nursing house deaths with out daring to say the determine. He famous that his visitor had “taken some warmth” for the quantity however prefaced the deaths as simply the character of nursing houses:
And closing query, we talked about this, about nursing houses earlier than, and you’ve got taken some warmth on the directive and also you mentioned you had been following a nationwide directive. However let me ask it once more, equally at this level, do you assume these senior facilities are secure, interval?
Suggesting that he’s solely “taken political warmth,” Cuomo argued that New York was beating the nationwide common of nursing house deaths as a proportion of complete COVID-19 deaths. “[A]lmost 50 p.c of the deaths (…) However in New York, we’re quantity 46 within the nation by way of proportion of deaths at nursing houses in comparison with the entire proportion. By The New York Instances, we’re quantity 46,” he famous.
To be clear, The New York Instances says New York’s nursing house deaths as a proportion of complete deaths is 21 p.c. However The Times also noted that New York hasn’t been absolutely reporting their knowledge. “In New York, the case rely is commonly the identical because the demise rely as a result of the state solely studies the quantity of people that have died however not the variety of total infections,” the paper wrote.
And in crunching the numbers offered by The Instances, NewsBusters has discovered that New York’s nursing house demise price in comparison with infections was 90 p.c (89.6). New York studies 7,177 nursing house infections in comparison with 6,432 nursing house deaths. No different state got here near matching that price.
Democratic-controlled states like California (23,646), Illinois (21,390), and New Jersey (36,316) all had huge numbers of nursing house infections. However their variety of deaths (CA-2,832; IL-3,649; NJ-6,617) didn’t match infections as intently as New York’s did.
Evaluating nursing house deaths as a proportion of complete deaths, as Cuomo was leaning on, was a little bit of an apples-to-oranges comparability. These dwelling in nursing houses often wanted extra help and had extra well being circumstances that made them weak to the virus. In the meantime, the overall inhabitants contained different folks (aged and in any other case) who had been additionally weak. And clearly, extra folks dwell outdoors nursing houses than in them.
That’s to not point out that Cuomo had disastrously ordered contaminated aged sufferers to be returned to their assisted dwelling amenities, thus spreading the virus.
Regardless of these information, earlier within the interview, Todd teed up Cuomo to lecture Republican-controlled states like Florida and Texas:
All proper. If Governor DeSantis calls you up this afternoon, Governor Abbott calls you up this afternoon of Texas and Florida and so they say, “All proper, let’s set politics apart and I do know we mouthed off at you somewhat bit, what’s your suggestion? What ought to we do right here?” What would you inform them?
In the meantime, Todd had the nerve to as soon as name himself a good and trustworthy political “referee.”
The transcript is beneath, click on “increase” to learn:
NBC Meet the Press
June 28, 2020
10:43:50 a.m. Jap
CHUCK TODD: Throughout the first peak of the COVID disaster, Governor Andrew Cuomo was one of many faces of the response, giving day by day televised press briefings as New York turned the epicenter of the pandemic in the US.
Now, circumstances and deaths are method down in New York and as a substitute of New Yorkers being quarantined once they journey to states like Florida, its New York that’s doing the quarantining of out-of-state guests from locations like Florida.
TODD: All proper. If Governor DeSantis calls you up this afternoon, Governor Abbott calls you up this afternoon of Texas and Florida and so they say, “All proper, let’s set politics apart and I do know we mouthed off at you somewhat bit, what’s your suggestion? What ought to we do right here?” What would you inform them?
ANDREW CUOMO: I am going to inform you. I’ll inform you. I do not await them to name. That is New York. We’re proactive. My staff has known as their groups and mentioned, “Look, can we assist?” After we had been in hassle, Chuck, we had states all throughout the nation who got here to assist us. We had 30,000 volunteers from throughout the US who got here to assist us. So, I known as these states. I mentioned, “any method we might help. We have gone via it. We’ve the tools, we’ve got the workers, we’ve got the testing protocols, we’ve got the testing software program, we’ve got the tracing program. Can we assist? Something you want, ventilators, et cetera.” And that is the fitting factor to do from a neighborhood viewpoint and a citizenry viewpoint.
So, there’s additionally a parochial curiosity which is that if these states maintain going up, we’ll have a nationwide disaster like we’ve got by no means seen. They mentioned this was the best way to assist the financial system by reopening. It has been the precise reverse. Each time the virus goes up, the inventory market goes down and if these — if these states proceed to extend, you may see it go all throughout the nation. You will see New York on the rise once more and you may see the opposite states beginning to go up much more.
TODD: And closing query, we talked about this, about nursing houses earlier than, and you’ve got taken some warmth on the directive and also you mentioned you had been following a nationwide directive. However let me ask it once more, equally at this level, do you assume these senior facilities are secure, interval?
CUOMO: Yeah. Look, there’s — I’ve taken political warmth, okay? There are information and there is politics. There isn’t any doubt in nursing houses all throughout this nation that is the place we noticed a lot of the deaths — not most, however virtually 50 p.c of the deaths; senior residents in congregant settings. And it’s changing into increasingly more clear that the an infection within the nursing houses got here from the workers that bought contaminated and introduced it in.
However in New York, we’re quantity 46 within the nation by way of proportion of deaths at nursing houses in comparison with the entire proportion. By The New York Instances, we’re quantity 46. So it has been unlucky. In each state we’ve got to do extra, we determine it out, but when they need to level fingers, not at New York. We’re 46. You have got 45 different states to level fingers at first.
TODD: I perceive that. Are these secure? Are these amenities secure in your thoughts proper now?
CUOMO: They’re as secure — they’re as secure — nicely, on this state we’re testing each week. Each nursing house worker, proper?
CUOMO: So, you would argue that they’re safer than a senior citizen at house, who’s receiving care at house. The most secure atmosphere, my mom, keep house, do not see anybody. In case you are at house and you’ve got an aide coming in, that aide just isn’t examined. In a nursing house, the workers is examined as soon as per week and seniors do must watch out wherever they’re.
TODD: Governor Cuomo, I might like to maintain going however I’m out of time. I recognize you approaching, sharing your perspective with us, and keep secure on the market.