A staggering death toll!
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has cost the lives of at least 154,333 Americans.
We know the disease caused by this coronavirus is far more dangerous for the elderly. Statistics show that deaths in the United States have disproportionately taken place in long-term care facilities. While only 0.6% of Americans live in such complexes, over 45% of coronavirus deaths nationwide have occurred inside their walls.
That comes out to over 70,000 deaths!
The following Democrat governors forced facilities like nursing homes to accept residents who contracted COVID-19 — despite having no way of knowing if they had fully recovered.
Andrew Cuomo (D-NY)
The New York State Department of Health, under Cuomo’s supervision, issued a directive on March 25 to nursing home administrators and hospital discharge planners, ordering them to expedite the admission of residents following their hospital discharge.
The advisory stated:
No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.
The New York Department of Health has since purged the document from its website, but a screenshot is available online.
Gavin Newsom (D-CA)
Gavin Newsom seems to love meddling in the private lives of his citizens. After issuing one of the strictest shelter-in-place orders in the country, his office released a list of outdoor activities that were still permissible, including watching the sunset and playing catch.
Less reported was a memorandum dictating that long-term care facilities must readmit residents with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Tom Wolf (D-PA)
The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued instructions for nursing facilities during the pandemic on March 18.
Like other states, visitations were suspended indefinitely, excluding end-of-life situations.
However, the memo also stated that nursing care facilities must accept both new admissions and re-admissions for current residents who contracted COVID-19 to relieve the burden on hospital ICUs.
Phil Murphy (D-NJ)
A similar memorandum from the New Jersey Department of Health went out to long-term care facilities demanding compliance with the following instructions:
No patient/resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the post-acute care setting solely based on a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Persons under investigation for COVID-19 who have undergone testing in the hospital shall not be discharged until results are available. Post-acute care facilities are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized patient/resident who is determined medical stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or re-admission.
New Jersey’s long-term care facilities have recorded 6,608 COVID-19 deaths. Roughly 42% of all New Jerseyans who succumbed to the coronavirus so far have resided in nursing homes and related facilities.