The State of New York has not released the names of the nursing home that were most impacted by the coronavirus this spring however a recent report shows a staggering number of deaths.
Under Emmy award-winning, Governor’s watch Andrew Cuomo’s policy allowed over 6,000 coronavirus patients to be sent from hospitals to nursing homes. A recent report shows that more than 6% of the state’s entire nursing home population perished because of his of Cuomo’s policy COVID policy.
The State of New York reported that 58 nursing homes did not see one Wuhan virus case until the state forced them to receive them. But, the report does not go into detail about the chaos that occurred inside the nursing homes once the patients were transferred.
New York has been stonewalling ProPublica who is investigating.
Shortly before publication, Health Department spokesman Jonah Bruno indicated that the state’s report might have inaccurately counted the homes that did not have a COVID-19 case before the admission of a hospital patient. He said the Health Department is now revising the list of homes based on updated or new data.
“As has been the case from the start, some facilities reported additional or updated information to DOH at a later date and we’re in the process of reconciling that data to ensure we continue providing the clearest possible picture to the public,” he said. “We anticipate this information will be posted in the next 72 hours. ProPublica was informed of this and decided to write an incomplete story anyway.”
Richard Gottfried, the Democratic chairman of the State Assembly’s Health Committee, said the state’s failure so far to make the list of homes public did not surprise him.
“Not only is it consistent with their handling of COVID-19 information, it is consistent with a lot of their reluctance to disclose information over the years,” Gottfried said.
In the report last week, the administration sought to downplay any role the transfers of COVID-19 patients into the state’s nursing homes played in the thousands of deaths since March. The report claimed infected workers, not potentially contagious patients, were the driving force behind the death tolls.
Both sides of the political aisle slammed the report. Democrats in New York are calling for an independent investigation and Republican Congressman Steve Scalise demanded the state turn over more documents.
The man killed 6% of the state’s entire nursing home population and he got an Emmy.
Written by November 24, 2020–