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Gov. Cuomo fact-checked after claiming his policies had nothing to do with nursing home death toll in New York

A number of national news outlets picked up a story that had roots in the Finger Lakes, after a reporter with Finger Lakes News Radio posed a question to Governor Andrew Cuomo during a conference call last week.

It had to do with nursing homes, and whether the policies he instituted via executive order had anything to do with the the death toll at nursing homes.


“I put my head on the pillow at night saying I saved lives, that’s how I sleep,” the Governor said during the conference call that would gain national traction.

Finger Lakes News Radio asked why Cuomo would make that statement given the situation at nursing homes. More than 6,000 residents died inside nursing homes, and many blamed that high death toll on the Executive Order in late-March, which required nursing home residents to return even if they had COVID-19.

It was signed in response to hospitals filling up in parts of the state.


During a lengthy rebuttal by the Governor – he claimed that nursing homes ‘never needed’ to accept COVID-positive patients.

However, CNN, Fox News, the New York Post, Business Insider, and Washington Examiner all published stories in the last week verifying that the Governor’s claim was not accurate.

Click here to check out the audio from Finger Lakes News Radio.


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