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New York Health Chief Defends Covid Admissions to Nursing Homes

Feb. 25, 2021, 7:30 PM

New York’s top health official defended the state’s pandemic response Thursday, doubling down on his decision to allow Covid-19 patients to return to nursing homes at the height of the pandemic.

Coronavirus spread in those facilities was largely the result of staff “who brought it in inadvertently at a time when we did not know about asymptomatic spread,” State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said during a budget hearing before state lawmakers.

“The Department of Health, under Governor Cuomo’s leadership has tackled this pandemic with all of its heart and soul,” he said.

Federal investigations are underway into how the administration ...

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