The Times Union and Washington Post reported on Wednesday that lethally incompetent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo instructed state health officials to “prioritize” COVID-19 testing for members of his family, including his brother, CNN blowhard anchor Chris Cuomo.
The Times Union reported that “high-level members of the state Department of Health were directed last year by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to conduct prioritized coronavirus testing on the governor’s relatives as well as influential people with ties to the administration.”
The Washington Post added that “a state lab immediately processed the results of those who were tested… even as average New Yorkers were struggling to get tested in the early days of the pandemic due to a scarcity of resources.”
“Initially, the lab was only capable of running several hundred tests a day for a state with 19 million residents,” it said.
In March 2020, Chris Cuomo announced he had contracted the virus. He said he would work from home, where a “top New York Department of Health doctor” visited Cuomo to obtain testing samples from him and his family.
Cuomo’s administration defended his handling of testing, but the paper correctly observed that the use of state resources “to benefit people close to the governor raises serious ethical questions.”