Grieving family members who lost loved ones in New York nursing homes due to COVID-19 staged a mock funeral for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “leadership and integrity” on Sunday — but it was the prop they used to make their point that stole the show.
As reported by the New York Post, a silver casket was wheeled to the front of a Brooklyn nursing home, and 6,500 copies of the cover of Cuomo’s new book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” were dumped into it in protest of his COVID-19 policies.
In the case of the protesting families, Cuomo’s mandate requiring nursing homes to accept those recovering from the virus even if they still might be contagious was unconscionable.
The number of covers was equal to the roughly 6,500 people who have been reported killed by the coronavirus in nursing homes in the state, although the protesters said they believe the figure is much higher, principally due to COVID-infected nursing home patients who were moved to hospitals and subsequently died.