Washington Post’s Max Boot slammed for praising Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 response, downplaying New York nursing home deaths as ‘mistake’

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Washington Post columnist Max Boot raised eyebrows on Monday in praise of Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo for his state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a column titled “New York Flattened Its Curve. The solar belt has been flattened by it, ”Boot said that New York had done a“ laudable job ”in managing the spread of the virus, highlighting the disciplined and social-distancing mask wearing by New Yorkers.

“New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has done his share of blunders, including the decision to send patients with covid-19 to nursing homes, but he got it right,” Boot wrote. “He commissioned masks, he told the truth and he was cautious about reopening. Even now New York City restaurants and bars are closed for indoor dining and drinking. Cinemas and sports halls are completely closed. Perhaps because we have been hit so hard and so deeply marked that we are treating the coronavirus as a ruthless foe worthy of respect. ”

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Boot, who is also a CNN analyst, has been criticized on social media for being so complementary to Cuomo.

“In fact, Cuomo was wrong about the big things and lied about it,” wrote Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy.

“In addition to sentencing the elderly and infirm to death, Cuomo has been amazing! Said journalist Jason Mattera.

“The deaths of thousands of people resulting from his disastrous retirement home ordinance is a” mistake? “Asked Jessica O’Donnell of The Blaze.

During much of the coronavirus epidemic, Governor Cuomo’s order at the end of March forced nursing homes to accept patients who tested positive for the coronavirus, despite testing deficiencies for residents and the staff. Cuomo signed an executive order on May 11 rescinding the policy, preventing hospitals from returning infected patients to nursing homes and stepping up testing for staff.

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Last month, around 7,900 people were confirmed or presumed to have died from COVID-19 in nursing homes in New York City, according to the state’s health department. This equates to about 25% of all deaths in the state that have occurred in nursing homes, according to the latest state total from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

Earlier this month, The Associated Press reported that “New York hospitals released more than 6,300 recovering coronavirus patients in nursing homes during the height” of the coronavirus pandemic in part of a “controversial policy, now abandoned”.

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