Almost as if NY Governor Cuomo was rubbing salt in the wounds of his record, he announced new nursing home orders on Mother’s Day.
By now everyone is familiar with the nursing home disaster in NY. What happened is apparently under investigation now via the NY Attorney General. But an independent investigation really is needed.
(Newsday)“ALBANY — The State Senate’s Republican conference on Wednesday called for an independent investigation of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s directive in March that told nursing homes they could not deny patients admission solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.”
We’ve heard the blame of Cuomo, who gives daily briefings on his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. Until recently, he and his people had ignored and deflected questions about his nursing home policies, actions and the consequences.
Also see NBC News report on the nursing home order: “Coronavirus spreads in a New York nursing home forced to take recovering patients”
But on March 25th, the Governor had issued an order to nursing homes saying basically they had no right or grounds for refusing COVID patients. They had to accept them.
That sealed the legal chain from hospitals to the nursing homes. They could offload their patients to nursing homes, which had to take them. It pretty much became hospitals’ overflow. The details really were morbid.
According to an April Business Insider article:
“When a New York City nursing home was forced to admit coronavirus patients late last month, public health officials also gave them a box of body bags, in a concerning incident reported by the New York Post on Thursday.
An executive at the unnamed Queens nursing home says that the facility was coronavirus-free until Gov. Andrew Cuomo forced facilities in the state to accept coronavirus patients on March 25.
Following the order, the nursing home took in two residents who had been recently discharged from local hospitals after COVID-19 infections, and were stable.
When they took in these patients, officials sent them a box of personal protection equipment for the staff designated to treat these residents, and in the same box was a supply of body bags, the executive said.”
“My colleague noticed that one of the boxes was extremely heavy. Curious as to what could possibly be making that particular box so much heavier than the rest, he opened it,” the executive told the Post. “The first two coronavirus patients were accompanied by five body bags.”
This nursing home went on to see 30 people die of the coronavirus in the following weeks. And every week they get five more body bags.
“Cuomo has blood on his hands. He really does. There’s no way to sugarcoat this,” the executive added. “Why in the world would you be sending coronavirus patients to a nursing home, where the most vulnerable population to this disease resides?” (More)
Now, in the aftermath of the horrible reports and deaths, Cuomo issued a brand new order that hospitals cannot send a COVID positive patient to a nursing home. Read that again. So a positive patient must only be sent to a COVID facility. Optionally, the hospital could hold patients until they are negative. (Old order removed) Why did he wait this long?
Cuomo faces backlash for what he originally did and failure only until now to change the order. He simply puts the blame on nursing homes in the first place for failing to be prepared to handle those COVID patients. Except it was his March order to blame.
But they had no choice before. They had no right of refusal of COVID patients. He made sure of that in his March order. So Cuomo imported Coronavirus into nursing homes.
California initiated a similar policy but then revised it on April 1st. Meanwhile, for weeks Cuomo has been dancing around any questions about his morbid COVID policy, before finally making a new policy on Sunday. People have said he has blood on his hands.
He certainly does. But while he announced this policy reversal, he did it on Mother’s Day complete with a backdrop of a video chat featuring his own mother.
In his briefings, he previously mentioned her many times. Then he gave “mom” a special Mother’s Day spot by making her the First Prop of NY, as he rolled out a new order for nursing homes. Nice cover using Mother’s Day to soften the blow to himself.
He created a nightmare and appears to be squirming while trying to fix it.
Happy Mother’s Day! …. Nice personal touch!
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