Why does it matter if the nursing home deaths are counted correctly? For one thing, if we don’t, Cuomo can shrug his shoulders and deflect blame. In mid-May Cuomo said about the nursing home deaths, ‘How do we get justice for those families? Who can we prosecute for those deaths? Nobody. Mother Nature, God, where did this virus come from? People are going to die by this virus. That is the truth.’

New York was hit first, and hard, and Cuomo pretends all of his actions were the right ones. But the directive proves otherwise: it’s evidence of a giant mistake, one that Cuomo would rather not address.

Any fudging of numbers is an attempt by Gov. Cuomo, and his administration, to deflect responsibility over that directive. It also allows Cuomo to continue basking in undeserved adulation. New York has suffered the brunt of coronavirus deaths, many of them needlessly, yet the governor is treated like some kind of conquering hero.