New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will receive an Emmy award next week for his coronavirus briefings, the Emmy organization said on Friday.
When the pandemic arrived in and around New York City, Cuomo hosted daily media briefings on the state’s response to the spiraling coronavirus infections and deaths. Cuomo’s popularity skyrocketed in New York City following the briefings, and residents of the state have consistently approved of the governor’s handling of the pandemic.
Cuomo “will receive the International Emmy® Founders Award this year, in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to educate and calm people around the world,” said the International Emmys in a declaration Friday.
“The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he actually created TV shows, with characters, storylines and stories of success and failure,” commented the President and Chief Executive Officer. the director of the International Academy, Bruce L. Paisner. The Founders’ Emmy is awarded to a recipient who “crosses cultural borders to touch our common humanity”.
The award comes after more New York residents died from the coronavirus than in any other state. Cuomo was criticized for an executive order in March forcing nursing homes to accept patients with coronavirus, which some observers have said may have worsened outbreaks among high-risk elderly residents.
Additionally, the New York Department of Health records a “nursing home death” only in cases where a resident dies from the coronavirus in the nursing home itself, but not residents who die. after being transferred to a hospital. This has resulted in a likely undercoverage of deaths among residents of nursing homes.
Cuomo dismissed allegations of mismanagement of coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes as a right-wing smear, while the state’s health department released a report blame nursing home staff and visitors for the spread of the coronavirus in facilities.
An Ipsos poll released on October 21 showed that if New Yorkers generally approved Cuomo’s handling of coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes, while 67% of residents approve of the governor’s overall handling of the pandemic.