According to an Associated Press report, more than 4,300 recovering coronavirus patients were sent to New York’s already vulnerable nursing homes under a controversial state directive that many are saying led to countless unnecessary deaths.
Democrat Governor Cuomo continues to defend the directive this week, saying he didn’t believe it contributed to the more than 5,800 nursing and adult care facility deaths in New York — more than in any other state — and that homes should have spoken up if it was a problem.
Yeah, no. This problem originally became public because one frustrated administrator told the press that they had tried to refuse patients, but were told they’d lose their state funding if they did so. Another went public with the news that he had begged to be allowed to send his suspected virus patients to Javits or the USNS Comfort. He was told no. Those beds were only for “hospital overflow.” (Each facility had about 800 empty beds.)
“It infected a great number of people in nursing homes who had no business getting infected, including short-term residents who were there for rehabilitation after surgeries,” said John Dalli, a New York attorney who specializes in nursing home cases.
When Cuomo was asked if he regretted the directive, he tried to shift the blame to Trump and the CDC.
“Anyone who wants to ask, ‘Why did the state do that with COVID patients in nursing homes?’ It’s because the state followed President Trump’s CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance.”
Wait, wut? Trump said about a million times that he was NOT going to tell governors how to handle the crisis. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik tweeted,
[continued tweets] “CDC guidance was clear that decisions about discharging COVID-19 patients should be based on the ability of the accepting facility to meet the recommended infection control practices.
“This includes the ability to place residents in a designated COVID-19 care unit that is equipped with the resources and PPE to safely prevent the spread of infections.
“If nursing homes are unable to follow the CDC’s guidance, they must wait until patients cannot transmit the virus before they can accept these patients.”
New York did NOT follow CDC guidelines.
The resulting deaths are on Cuomo and his administration.