Cuomo Says Good News on New Hospitalizations Was 'Shocking to Us,' but Sticks With Old Narrative Anyway

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“If you notice, 18% of the people came from nursing homes, less than 1% came from jail or prison, 2% came from the homeless population, 2% from other congregate facilities, but 66% of the people were at home, which is shocking to us,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters at his daily COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday.

He said, “This is a surprise. Overwhelmingly, the people were at home…We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we’ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home.”

“State health officials had thought a high percentage of people who were hospitalized would be essential employees, like health-care workers or city staff, who are still going to work,” he noted.

Okay, Governor, if 84% of those entering the hospital for the first time have been sheltering in place and practicing social distancing rather than being out and about, riding the subway, etc., what does this tell you?

You may have been wrong when you said, “If you isolate, if you take the precautions, your family won’t get infected?” Because the latest data appears to contradict this theory.

He also told reporters:

New York State recorded 232 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The governor said that the rate of new hospitalizations is decreasing, but the pace has been “painfully slow.”

A majority of those people were either retired or unemployed.

73% of hospital admissions were people over age 51.

A majority of the cases in New York City are minorities, with nearly half being African American or Hispanic.

Predominantly downstate (area in or around New York City).

Predominantly not working or traveling. (Retired or non-essential workers.)

Additionally, he believes all of the figures will end up being revised higher because they haven’t documented all of the COVID-19 deaths that occur in private homes. “I think that the reality is going to be worse,” Cuomo said.

Despite being shocked by the latest statistics, Cuomo ended the briefing by saying, “Much of this comes down to what you do to protect yourself. Everything is closed down, government has done everything it could, society has done everything it could. Now it’s up to you.”

“Are you wearing the mask? Are you doing the hand sanitizer?”

Given the story told by the latest data, I found his conclusions to be extraordinary.

But, you know, the narrative.