Janice Dean urges ANY reporter to ask Gov Cuomo about nursing home ‘cover up’ after order goes ‘missing’

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Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean is urging the major media outlets to stop ignoring New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deadly decision to order state nursing homes and eldercare facilities to take in coronavirus-infected patients, despite knowing that older people were much more vulnerable to contracting the disease and dying.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, a Republican, tweeted May 22, “@NYGovCuomo has deleted his march 25th order requiring nursing homes to take #coronavirus positive patients. Wait. He says he did nothing wrong. So why try to cover up his mistakes? It’s hard to delete a disaster that big from history governor.”

Dean retweeted Pataki’s message Tuesday as she urged more media coverage of the order and the fact that Cuomo has rescinded it.

“I’d love for a reporter to ask why @NYGovCuomo deleted his March 25th order to force nursing homes to admit recovering #coronavirus patients. Why the coverup?” Dean wrote.

Cuomo quietly reversed his initial March order on May 10, a Sunday, though few outlets picked up on it.

The New York Post did, however, noting that under a new rule issued in place of the old order, “patients must now test negative for the virus before hospitals can return them to nursing homes.

That said, Cuomo still noted that COVID-19 patients could still find their way to eldercare facilities via other routes.

The Editorial Board wrote that while spokespersons for Cuomo claimed that state health director Howard Zucker’s original order (which Cuomo is responsible for because the buck stops with him) was only meant to prevent patients from being discriminated against and not a hard-and-fast requirement that eldercare facilities take in coronavirus patients, the explicit language of the directive said homes “must accept” them.

“So, while the gov’s people imply that some homes simply misunderstood the rules, the real message to operators was that declaring themselves overwhelmed would put their licenses at risk,” the Post Editorial Board noted.

Worse, Cuomo simultaneously ordered an investigation into the deadly decision “that’s plainly supposed to pin the blame on nursing and adult-care facilities,” the paper said. “It’s led by state Attorney General Tish James, who got her job with Cuomo’s crucial assistance — and it’s only looking at what homes did wrong.”

For its part, The Associated Press published an analysis of the overall effects of the order, concluding that at least 4,300 coronavirus-infected patients were sent to long-term care facilities. It’s unclear how many deaths that led to, but some estimates are in the thousands.

Dean, who noted early on that her two in-laws died from coronavirus in New York nursing homes, has been demanding accountability — from Cuomo, certainly, but also from the lib media — ever since.

Last week, Dean took MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to task after the latter tweeted out an Arizona Republic op-ed in which the writer questioned why the Republican governor, Doug Doocy, and his administration were allegedly covering up coronavirus nursing home deaths.

While that was certainly a fair question to ask, Dean noted that there was a dearth of interest in her feed about Cuomo and his decision/order.

“This is obviously terrible and deserves attention. However, wondering if you’ve covered @NYGovCuomo’s handling of the nursing home horror show here in your own state? Don’t see a lot of coverage on your twitter feed or your channel,” Dean responded.

She added:

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