COVID-19 has already killed thousands of nursing home residents in New York. An estimated 10,000 or more, double what the state reports. It’s hard to know what’s worse, the dying or the lying.
Under criticism for forcing nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to shift the blame to President Trump. “Don’t criticize the state for following the president’s policy,” Cuomo said at his Saturday news conference. The governor points to a Trump administration statement issued on March 13.
Sorry, Governor, but you’re twisting what the statement said.
The administration recommended nursing homes should admit patients even if they were coming from a hospital battling COVID-19, not that patients with COVID-19 themselves should be admitted.
To the contrary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was emphatic about the dangers of allowing COVID-19 to invade a nursing home. On March 18, the CDC stated that “once COVID-19 has been introduced into a long term care facility, it has the potential to result in high attack rates among residents, staff members, and visitors.” The agency warned “it is critical that long-term care facilities implement active measures to prevent introduction of COVID-19.”
One week later, on March 25, Cuomo’s Health Department mandated that nursing homes accept COVID patients and barred homes from requiring COVID tests for admission. Facilities had to fly blind, not knowing which incoming patients endangered residents and staff. more
SNIP: And again, Cuomo tries covering his oily ass.
Cuomo on coronavirus models: ‘We all failed … they were all wrong’
Just The News: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has over the last several months overseen the worst coronavirus outbreak in the United States, is acknowledging that earlier projections and predictions about the disease’s behavior have been “all wrong,” declaring himself “out of the guessing business” with respect to the ongoing pandemic.
The Democratic governor’s admission Monday came as models that have driven the lockdowns – many of which incorrectly predicted sky-high hospitalization rates and overwhelmed healthcare systems – are raising concerns being possibly having overstated the danger of the pandemic. Those projections have in part led led to government policies that shuttered large parts of the U.S. economy and resulted in record unemployment.
Cuomo has also declined to speculate on when the state might fully reopen. more here