Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Questions Arise About Cuomo’s Nursing Home Policy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s national profile has risen dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), partially from glowing coverage courtesy of the mainstream media. Articles and televised segments portray the ascending Democrat as a tireless advocate for overwhelmed hospitals, ensuring they receive the equipment and supplies New York City’s integrated health care system desperately needs.

While pundits prepare to anoint Governor Cuomo as the Democratic Party’s newest savior, inconvenient questions have arisen about his commitment to helping New York’s beleaguered nursing homes. (RELATED: Former CDC Chief Claims Cuomo Could’ve Prevented 50-80% of N.Y. Deaths)

Outbreaks in elderly care have played out with tragic predictability. The New York Times has linked one-third of deaths nationwide to long-term care facilities.

Yet despite the loss of more than 25,600 Americans in these facilities — including 5,300 in New York — it took Cuomo until Mother’s Day to reverse a decision requiring long-term care facilities to accept patients regardless of their COVID-19 status. NBC News further details:

After a Long Island nursing home was required to take recovering COVID-19 patients under the state policy, an outbreak of the virus killed at least 24 residents — only three of whom had been transferred from hospitals, an NBC News investigation found.

Cuomo denied that the change was a policy reversal, saying nursing homes could have contacted state officials at any time if they were not equipped to care for infected residents who wanted to be admitted.

However, Cuomo stated at a recent briefing that providing nursing homes with personal protective equipment wasn’t the state’s responsibility. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Criticizes Cuomo for Blue State Bailout Plea)

Before Sunday’s policy change, nursing home operators didn’t even have to tell patients or their family members if there were cases of COVID-19 within their facilities despite their residents’ diminished immunity.

Business Insider has more on Governor Cuomo’s newly unveiled steps, taken belatedly for 5,300 New Yorkers.

Workers at homes, for instance, now have to be tested twice per week, Cuomo said. They also have to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves when interacting with residents suspected to have COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Visits from family members are also banned unless someone is dying. 

If nursing homes can’t sustain the new criteria — like if they lack quarantine abilities or equipment — they need to contact the New York’s health department for the residents’ transfer, Cuomo said.

According to one study, the average nursing home has 104 beds. There are at least a dozen cases nationwide of someone contracting COVID-19 at adult care facilities leading to the deaths of 50 or more residents.

As of Tuesday morning, New York’s death toll stood at 27,003. Observers universally recognized New York City as the epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States.

Amid the media fanfare, there seemed little room at first for scrutiny of Cuomo. While new cases of COVID-19 are increasing in meatpacking communities (RELATED: The Latest COVID Hot Spots as America Begins to Reopen), they have decreased significantly in New York, giving dedicated reporters time to evaluate Cuomo’s response objectively.

Their assessments could come back to haunt his presidential ambitions.

READ NEXT: Former Republican Governor Pataki Blasts Cuomo for Policy That May Have Killed Thousands in Nursing Homes >>

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Michael Brigham
Michael Brigham
Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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2 months ago

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A. D Roberts
2 months ago
Reply to  gadeho4677

I doubt it could have been stopped. But for sure, Democrats like Cuomo were more concerned about closing businesses than the safety of the people.
These are the very people they KNOW are most vulnerable. Old and sick. And then you put them in a close environment with other old and sick. I know. I was just in a rehab place for my heart by-pass. And you literally have to sign our life away to get out of their unless they are through milking the insurance.
Folks. None of this happened two years ago when flu killed 68,000 Americans. WHY not? Well, they could not shut the economy down for just the flue. Even though this virus is not that much worse than the flu. So it is a scam, an effort to bring the economy down so they can win in NOVEMBER.

John
John
2 months ago
Reply to  A. D Roberts

BUT IT MAKES ZERO SENSE TO THINK THAT WE DO NOT NEED DONALD TRUMP NOW MORE THAN EVER!! HE HAS PROVED TO THE WORLD HIS FINANCIAL GENIUS!! AFTER WHAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE TO OUR WORLD IT WILL BECOME MORE OBVIOUS THAT ONLY HE CAN FIX THIS!! THE PICKLED BRAINS OF DEMOCRATS BLEW IT AGAIN!

Charlotte J Hopper
2 months ago
Reply to  John

AMEN !!!!!

Mike W
Mike W
2 months ago

There was a story last week about the relative of a SCOTUS Justice. The name was not given as to who it was – but the report was a bout a relative who had died in NYC and was automatically rubber stamped as a COVID-19 related death. The immediate family did not believe that to be true and wanted an autopsy. The autopsy was refused. That is when th3ey called their relative on the SCOTUS. I guess the justice made a call and an autopsy was performed. The results of the autopsy were that the patient DID NOT die of a COVID-19 related illness. So there is at least one person in authority that knows first hand what is happening in NYC. Cuomo and deBlasio have been cooking the books to get more federal aid. I did a little research on the average daily death rate of NYC – you can look it up too – for the past several years the average daily death rate of NYC was at 150. That’s 1050 per week – that Cuomo and deBlasio are automatically putting into the COVID-19 cases.

Truckman
Truckman
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike W

not just there my frend but nation wide I belive this was going on partley for money there were to many china 19 deaths and I heard nothing about the regaulr Flu deaths when this stuff started during fle season we need to know more about what realy was and is going on

A. D Roberts
2 months ago
Reply to  Truckman

YOu have hit it on the head.
This whole thing is about destroying the economy. Notice that most of the ones pushing so hard to keep the businesses shut down are DEMOCRATS. The first time they tried this was with the Paris Accord. From that they wanted us to print billions and give it to the world.
Now we have congress passing bills to give away TRILLIONS to people who do not need it. My WIFE AND I got the money. Why? we are 71 years old and live on a pension. This was NOT about helping those in need. Millions of those getting the money are ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. This is not about need. In Dallas cars line up for miles to get FREE FOOD. Do they really need it? Probably not. But our leaching society never saw a give away they would not take. IL noticed that the cares in line were NEW and a lot of big SUVS. They are the same ones wanting more free money. They same ones who WON’T take one of 500,000 jobs listed here in Texas because they are making MORE money on the inflated welfare. Yes, the federal gov is giving an extra 600 per month. And then the Democrats cry that you can’t make them go back to work because they can’t find CHILD CARE. The Democrats have that shut down too.
God help us.

Patriot1490
Patriot1490
2 months ago

Cuomo’s plan to transfer infected Covid-19 patients to nursing homes was really stupid, especially considering the Hospital ship The President sent to New York and the Hospital constructed by the Army. between them they could have accommodated more than 3,500
people. But Mr. “I’m the Governor and you’re Not”” had it his way and many senior citizens
lost their lives to his hubris. And this bozo is being touted as a possible replacement for Biden on the Presidential ticket. I don’t trust his judgment, do you?

C. LeSaint
C. LeSaint
2 months ago
Reply to  Patriot1490

Demoncrats like Cuomo are dumber than dirt! All nursing home patients who died from the virus can blame Cuomo!! The familes of the deceased nursing home patients must file a lawsuit against Cuomo for their deaths!!

Bama Bill
Bama Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Patriot1490

I’d like to see a list of all Cuomo’s mistakes. No equipment, needed way more ventilators than he used, Govt. built hospitals, Navy hospital ship, not used? But move Covid virus patients to Seniors Homes? And how about Obama’s doing “NOTHING” for 6 months during the “Swine Flu”, and little afterwards. No reporting of deaths, estimate over 150,000! Google it, said 150 to 350,000 deaths estimated? I’d like an impartial judge to prepare Obama and Cuomo to Trumps accomplishments!

Barbara
Barbara
2 months ago
Reply to  Patriot1490

If Scuomo really cared about the people, he would have the cvod patients in a dedicated facility.

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

Simply read Karl Marx. The elderly are dangerous to the state. This is why Cuomo did what he did. It was intentional.

Jean m
Jean m
2 months ago

Absolutely not. As far as I’m concerned cuomo HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS

GRIZZ MANN
GRIZZ MANN
2 months ago
Reply to  Jean m

A Democrat résumé enhancement.

Robert L. Kahlcke
2 months ago

Hey FREDO, when are we going on that fishing trip I promised, if you don’t want to go fishing we will just go for a Boat ride, come on it will be fun.

GRIZZ MANN
GRIZZ MANN
2 months ago

It is the Democrat scheme to reduce the elderly. They mostly do not pay any taxes and use up valuable resources.

Bama Bill
Bama Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  GRIZZ MANN

Plus most vote “R”. And remember much harm the Dems have done, I’m one. Please look up Pelosi’s “PRO” bill to make “ALL hourly jobs “UNION”. The states of California, Illinois, and New York are going the way of “Detroit”. So they must have more of Soro’s money and more union “Donations”. Which go 95% to dems, 5% to Rinos.

Dennis.
2 months ago

This is a take over by Democrats. They bankrupted many states run by democrats because of free housing, money, welfare, etc to illegals. We were not given a voice in any of these decisions. They were and are forced on us.

Gary
Gary
2 months ago
Reply to  Dennis.

Newsom is California seems to have similar tude.

Camille Gilliam
2 months ago

N.Y. is already bankrupt, because of all of the illegals. Cuomo is a Demonrat jerk.

dave
dave
2 months ago

I tried posting the following on a site that discussed the extremely large number of New Yorkers who caught the Communist China virus and many died while forced to stay in their apartments. The site wouldn’t post it. Here I try again.
All those tenement high rise buildings share the same air heating and cooling systems as seen on the roof tops. Shared AC shares the virus like cigarette smoke. Cuomo has murdered thousands with his stay at home commie order. Socialism kills the gullible. Never vote for a democrat again if you want to be free and alive.

proamerica
proamerica
2 months ago

This fool should be brought up on 4800 charges of murder, that’s exactly what this is, he knew what he was doing.

Luther
2 months ago

It has been shown that the virus spreads at a much higher rate in enclosed areas, especially those with a higher density of people such as nursing homes. The most vulnerable to the virus are elderly people with weak immune systems or other illnesses such as are found in nursing homes. So he orders hospitals to release contagious patients to be sent to nursing homes for recovery where they can infect the most vulnerable and increase the number of deaths for his stats. He can then use that those stats to continue keeping everyone as political prisoners under house arrest.

Mary
Mary
2 months ago

Globalists are trying to cull the herd. Get rid of the “old” unproductive citizens and try to grab as much of their money as possible when they die. Cuomo is obviously one of them. He needs to pay the price for outright murder.

Amy Syrell
Amy Syrell
2 months ago

Amy
Cuomo swore for at least 48 hours that he had nothing to do with the nursing home policy stating that nursing homes had to accept all patients with out knowing their Covid-19 status. The nursing homes weren’t even allowed to test patients before accepting them. Then, when the publicity and data became overwhelmingly negative, Cuomo almost had to change the policy, thereby claiming ownership of the policy. While he was regarded favorably for the early days of the pandemic, he requested a horrendous number of ventilators and then put the number he did receive in a warehouse. They have never been used. Hospitals were set up in the Jacob Javitts Center and non-Racist Samaritan’s Purse set up a hospital in Central Park. President Trump arranged for one of the medical military ships to come to NYC to become a floating hospital for the city. A few patients were sent to the ship Hope. As far as I know neither temporary hospital had any patients. Samaritan’s Purse charged NYC nothing for their hospital set up in the park. I don’t know about whoever set up the hospital in the Javitts Center. Oh, and, all the medical personnel that out of the goodness of their heart left their homes in other states to come to NYC to lend a hand in overloaded hospitals…Cuomo has declared that they have to pay NY taxes on whatever they’ve earned while helping!! Cuomo only has himself and his reputation in mind when he acts. The only reason he had daily TV updates was so he could put himself out front and claim all the credit.

Walkin O'Shea
2 months ago

I’m guessing the elderly don’t count in Cuomo’s or the democrats minds. A lot of elderly people used to vote democrat, I hope they’re intelligent enough to revise their votes and go with the man who truly protects them, Donald Trump,

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