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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing mounting criticism today about an internal report finding no strong evidence linking a state directive that sent thousands of recovering patients into nursing homes and some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks.
Although Cuomo has been praised for helping to flatten out COVID-19 infections in the state, many groups, including doctors and healthcare officials have felt that the real impact of the March 25 order was worse than what has been reported, according to an article released by u.s. news.
The White House is being more direct, saying that “Governor Cuomo alone is to Blame for refusing to shut down New York and forcing seniors who tested positive for Coronavirus back into his state’s nursing homes.”
One of the biggest sore points is that the CDC had already put out guidelines on how to handle COVID patients in nursing home situations. According to the CDC:
“Determine the location of the COVID-19 care unit and create a staffing plan before residents or HCP with COVID-19 are identified in the facility. This will allow time for residents to be relocated to create space for the unit and to identify HCP to work on this unit.”
“Ideally the unit should be physically separated from other rooms or units housing residents without confirmed COVID-19.”
These guidelines basically forced Cuomo on May 10th, to backtrack on his March 25, 2020 orders, but by then the damage had already been done, potentially exposing more people to COVID. Cuomo added, “Any nursing home could just say, ‘I can’t handle a COVID person in my facility,’” he said, although the March 25 order didn’t specify how homes could refuse, saying that ”no resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the (nursing home) solely based” on confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
What is Coronavirus?
According to the U.S. Food and drug administration (FDA), “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.”
How Many COVID-19 Cases Are There In The U.S. Today?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists that there are a total of 3,296,599 cases of COVID-19 in the USA, as well as 134,884 deaths reported in the United States as of today.
Fox News adds that “Nursing care facilities, home to some of the most vulnerable citizens, have been coronavirus hotspots around the country. New York leads the nation with the most reported coronavirus nursing home deaths at more than 5,000 — though the state changed how it counts deaths so the numbers of nursing home patient deaths could be even higher.”
Cuomo defended his order barring nursing homes from denying coronavirus-positive patients admittance once they were released from hospitals. MSNBC reports that Cuomo thinks that placing blame on his office for any nursing home deaths is “a political charade”
The New York Post report goes on to say that congressional Republicans have been seeking data and in-person testimony from Cuomo but is reporting that New York is the only state to not respond to the panel’s request.
Cuomo Senior Advisor thinks that what the Republican’s are attempting is nothing more than a political diversion, saying “I know history shows that if you don’t bend to the president’s will, you’ll get fired, but enough with the lies,”
With a political season fast approaching, it seems that politicians are sometime more embroiled in tit-for-tat exchanges than anything else. Let’s hope they can pull together to help all states get a better foothold on the COVID situation and leave the blame game for later.