Everything you need to know about the FBI’s investigation of Gov. Cuomo and nursing facilities

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The Cuomo Administration is reportedly under investigation by the FBI and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic and nursing homes. (GRAPHIC: NEWS10)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This comes after almost a year of criticism about how they dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic at nursing homes.

NEWS10 details the timeline of events and what lead up to the investigation below.

Events leading up to investigations

NEWS10 has outlined the events leading up to the most recent investigations into Governor Cuomo and the handling of nursing homes in New York. Below is a quick timeline of the events.

As many as 50% of COVID-related nursing home resident deaths were “undercounted” by the DOH, according to a report released by the Attorney General (AG) in late January. The issue surrounds the death of in-house residents versus those that died in the hospital.

The report said this discrepancy in reported deaths misrepresented the actual number of nursing home residents that died from COVID-19. The report also said that requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients could have put residents at a greater risk.

In July the DOH released its own report that contradicted the AG’s report. They concluded that COVID-19 was most likely to have been brought into nursing homes by staff and visitors before visitations were restricted. DOH said the data did not support the idea that the virus entered nursing homes through direct hospital admissions because it was already there.

Without proper testing, nursing home residents were sent from hospitals to facilities which contributed to the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged in August. New York along with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan was sent requests from the DOJ for information pertaining to nursing facility resident COVID-related deaths.

DOJ expanded their request to include private nursing homes in October. They asked for a breakdown of COVID-related hospital deaths that had been gathered since April. The request included more than 600 nursing facilities, according to the Associated Press.

Governor Cuomo announced visitation would resume in nursing homes. He said the DOH recommended resuming visitation and would be putting out guidance for nursing facilities but did not say when at a press conference Friday, February 19.

He also announced sweeping legislation for nursing facilities as part of the 30-day amendments to the Executive Budget on Feb. 19. The legislation is centered around increased transparency, holding operators accountable for misconduct, and prioritizing patient care over profit.

A new poll released on February 24 shows 27% of New Yorkers think Governor Cuomo did nothing wrong in how he handled nursing homes. But 19% think he broke the law. The poll was conducted by Marist. It gives the governor a 48% approval rating among registered voters.

On February 25, former Secretary to the Governor Steven Cohen defending the Cuomo Administration’s handling of nursing homes and the DOJ investigation.

NEWS10 investigated how the state Department of Health received information on coronavirus cases and deaths to see how there could potentially be a discrepancy in the numbers.

NEWS10 will continue to follow developments in this investigation. Check back for future updates.

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