Doubt over attempt to dig up truth re: COVID deaths

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

elderly patientAs New York lawmakers look into the coronavirus situation, a group in that state is wondering whether the investigation will be politicized.

A group of six New York legislative committees – three from the Senate, three from the Assembly – is conducting two public hearings on the handling of the situation. The stated purpose of the hearings is "to receive testimony on COVID-19's impact on residential healthcare facilities and other long-term care settings, as well as recommendations for improving systems, protocols and practices to reduce transmission and mortality rates of contagious diseases."

Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms summarizes his group's concern.

McGuire

"Essentially this is an investigation as to what's been occurring here in New York where Governor Andrew Cuomo's orders have led to the death – that we know of – of 6,400 nursing home residents," he explains. "But the health commissioner doesn't know, or at least won't tell us, how many the number [of deaths] actually is."

Because of clashes with New York City's top government officials, the city's health commissioner – Dr. Oxiris Barbot – resigned on Tuesday morning.

McGuire explains the state legislature is highly political and left-leaning.

"… That's why this is so interesting," he tells OneNewsNow, "because this truly is a bipartisan effort of both Democrats and Republicans in both the Senate and the Assembly. [They have] come together to simply say there must be an investigation [into] what was allowed under the [Governor Andrew] Cuomo administration during this pandemic."

In March the Cuomo administration issued a directive requiring nursing homes to allow COVID-19-infected patients to be admitted, and the question is whether that led to the large number of deaths in those facilities.

Members of the investigative committee met on Monday in New York City, and will meet again this coming Monday in upstate New York.

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