Cuomo: Coronavirus patients put in nursing homes ‘probably not contagious’

Just who is to blame for the more than 6,000 coronavirus-linked deaths in New York nursing homes remains a touchy subject for Gov. Andrew Cuomo who on Wednesday made a wild claim about how contagious the infected seniors were.

In response to questions from The Post at his daily briefing in Albany, Cuomo denied that his administration’s decision to send hospitalized coronavirus patients to nursing homes as the pandemic raged spread the deadly disease — and he maintained, without presenting any evidence, that an estimated 4,500-plus patients discharged to nursing homes under a state order were “probably not contagious.”

Cuomo also refused to say who advised him and Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to adopt the controversial March 25 directive, which Cuomo largely rescinded last month under withering criticism as the state reported some 6,200 COVID-19-linked deaths in nursing homes.

And he accused critics who’ve questioned the state order of playing politics.

“I understand the politics of this issue,” Cuomo went on, and took shots at the Republican members of Congress who on Monday demanded documents and a staff-level briefing on what they called his “lethal decision.”

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