Governor Hochul was just sworn into office a little over 24 hours ago, and she has already dropped a bit of a bombshell about Cuomo's administration.

She is promising more transparency from her administration and already she's dropping jaws.

Today in a briefing, she announced that New York State has seen almost 12,000 more COVID deaths than was originally announced.  The number that we had before today was 43,400.  That's the number that was announced on Cuomo's last day of office.  Today, Governor Hochul said that number should be 55,395 - a difference of 11,995 people.

No...that doesn't mean that 11,995 people died overnight.  That means that some of those deaths were not reported.

When talking with MSNBC's Morning Joe, Hocul said:

"We're now releasing more data than had been released before publicly, so people know the nursing home deaths and the hospital deaths are consistent with what's being displayed by the CDC. There's a lot of things that weren't happening and I'm going to make them happen. Transparency will be the hallmark of my administration. It's not hard to do, you just get the information out there and address them."

"As of yesterday, we're using CDC numbers which'll be consistent. So, there's no opportunity for us to mask those numbers, nor would I want to mask those numbers. The public deserves a clear honest picture of what's happening. Whether it's good or bad, they need to know the truth and that's how we restore confidence,"

Why are the numbers so different?

The numbers that Governor Hochul gave include the nursing home deaths that Andrew Cuomo's office said it excluded to avoid double-counting them.  These numbers come from what has been given to the CDC.

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