Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally backed down from his disastrous coronavirus policy on nursing homes — but he’s not interested in apologies.
Amid rising criticism, the New York Democrat was forced to reverse a predictably catastrophic decision that required nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients from hospitals, Breitbart’s Joel Pollak reported.
Cuomo finally walks back disastrous nursing home policy
Despite New York’s grim status as the coronavirus capital of America, Cuomo has received mostly rapturous praise from the media for his handling of the crisis. But the mythology peeled back on Sunday when Cuomo effectively back-tracked on what is probably his worst decision in the crisis so far.
“Hospitals, going forward, cannot discharge a patient to a nursing home unless the patient tests negative for COVID-19. So we’re just not going to send a person who is positive to a nursing home after a hospital visit. Period,” Cuomo said at a press briefing Sunday.
If it can be believed, this was a reversal from the state’s prior position. New York state ordered in March that 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,” a bit of mindless bureaucratic policy-making that has had grim results, with 1,700 previously unreported nursing home fatalities reported last week, NBC reported.
As Pollak notes, the policy baffled Michael Goodwin at the right-leaning New York Post, but it took a while for the mainstream media to start reporting on it. In the meantime, at least 5,000 nursing home residents have died from the virus in New York, especially in facilities in hard-hit New York City and Long Island, according to NBC.
In addition to reversing the policy, Cuomo will now require nursing home staff to be tested twice weekly.
Cuomo refuses to admit fault
Despite the reversal, Cuomo has been reluctant to admit fault (or even that he’s changing anything), in apparent contradiction with the “strong, decisive” image he has sought to project, with the help of a compliant media. The Democrat blamed nursing homes for the debacle, insisting that they were never really required to care for infected patients under the policy.
“It was their obligation to inform, and it is their obligation to call the Department of Health and say, ‘You have to come get this person. I can’t care for them.’ That has always been the case,” he said, according to NBC.
On Tuesday, Cuomo said that it would be a “problem” if any nursing home staffers refuse available testing (now mandated on short notice) and that such workers don’t have a “right” to their jobs. “If you don’t want to take the test why would we let you work in a nursing home and possibly endanger a very vulnerable population?”
No kidding? If only New York had a governor or something who predicted this scenario.
When will the bogus narrative around Cuomo unravel?