“it just never happened in New York where we needed to say to a nursing home, ‘we need you to take this person even though they’re COVID-positive. It never happened”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided to rewrite history. The disastrous policy of putting Coronavirus patients into New York nursing homes cost thousands of lives, but Cuomo is now saying that didn’t happen.
The governor of New York is straight-up lying to the faces of the American people.
Sam Dorman writes at FOX News:
New York’s Cuomo faces criticism of latest nursing home, coronavirus comments
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is pushing back against the mounting criticism it received for claims the governor made about forcing nursing homes to accept patients who tested positive for COVID-19.
Finger Lakes News Radio asked Cuomo on Wednesday what he would tell families who blamed his March 25th health directive, which required nursing homes to accept patients.
Cuomo, a Democrat, said that nursing homes were never forced to accept COVID-19 patients from overloaded hospitals because the state had “flattened the curve so effectively, we always had available hospital beds. So, we never scrambled for beds, and we never needed nursing home beds because we always had hospital beds.
He added: “So, it just never happened in New York where we needed to say to a nursing home, ‘we need you to take this person even though they’re COVID-positive. It never happened.”
The New York governor argued that nursing homes were required not to discriminate against COVID-19 patients but could refuse them if they couldn’t provide care while effectively caring for others in their facility.
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Even CNN couldn’t cover for Cuomo on this, and called him out.
Holmes Lybrand writes:
Fact check: Gov. Cuomo falsely claims New York nursing homes never took in Covid-positive patients
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo argued that nursing homes “never needed” to accept Covid-positive patients from hospitals in the state.
During a press call Wednesday, Finger Lakes News Radio asked Cuomo about his administration’s advisory in late March requiring that nursing homes accept the readmission of patients from hospitals, even if they were positive for Covid-19.
Cuomo argued that the advisory was a precaution if hospitals became overwhelmed — calling it an “anticipatory rule” — which he said didn’t happen.
“We never needed nursing home beds because we always had hospital beds,” Cuomo told Finger Lakes News. “So it just never happened in New York where we needed to say to a nursing home, ‘We need you to take this person even though they’re Covid-positive.’ It never happened.”…
On March 25, the state’s Health Department issued an advisory requiring nursing homes to accept “the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals” if the patients were deemed medically stable.
“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 advisory stated. “[Nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”
Dr. Pradheep Shanker is a radiologist who is very active on Twitter. See his reaction below:
OH. MY. GOD.
This is literally the worst lie on coronavirus this year. And that includes anything said by Donald Trump.
The media is M.I.A. on this…why? The incompetene/negligence is quite staggering. https://t.co/Nfu83B1NMb
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) October 1, 2020
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