New York’s newly sworn-in governor, Kathy Hochul, added almost 12,000 deaths to the state’s official COVID-19 death count Wednesday, acknowledging a lack of transparency in her disgraced predecessor Andrew Cuomo’s administration.
The Empire State had previously downplayed deaths, only reporting those in clinical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and adult care facilities, and neglecting to report deaths in several other places, including at home or in state prisons. Those numbers flew in the face of a significantly higher death toll reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which included the other data sources.
“There’s a lot of things that weren’t happening and I’m going to make them happen,” Hochul, New York’s first female governor, told MSNBC, according to the Associated Press. “Transparency will be the hallmark of my administration.”
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