Andrew Cuomo is in for a reckoning for placing COVID-19 patients into vulnerable NY nursing homes
Remember when the New York City official, Scott Stringer, declared that President Trump had "blood on his hands" over his coronavirus response?
He ought to have been directing his remarks to the vaunted Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, instead. His policies are precisely why New York has the worst coronavirus record of any U.S. city, and he's going to have to start answering questions.
Here's how bad it was, from the Daily Wire:
On March 25, New York's Health Department issued a mandate that state nursing homes could not refuse COVID-19-positive patients who were "medically stable," meaning facilities that housed the most vulnerable populations were forced to introduce the virus into their midst.
A nursing home in Queens received two coronavirus patients who had been discharged from a hospital (but were still contagious and in need of care) – along with a box containing body bags, The New York Post reported. An executive at the facility told the Post it had been free of the coronavirus prior to accepting those two patients. The executive also said that along with the two patients arrived a shipment of personal protective equipment and the body bags.
Presumably, that was done in the name of "equality," and too bad about the result for the elderly who up until then had been uninfected.
Grotesquely, the hospitals knew what was going to happen if they injected the COVID-19 patients into the New York nursing homes, breathing the air, exhaling, coughing, and watching the miasma of germs and virusese get into the air conditioner systems to spread throughout the establishment. They sent each patient with five body bags and those body bags got filled, not with the entering COVID-19 patients, but with longtime nursing home residents, who until Cuomo came along had been protected.
RedState notes that that, more than anything, that policy drove up the morbidity numbers in New York while much of the rest of the country experienced less of the infection. Cuomo seems to know it, which would explain why his flak is blaming the nursing homes for Cuomo's own policies.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi called the complaints "disgusting" and claimed the nursing homes were "trying to deflect from their failures."
But it's a really simple thing: why would you send positive patients to places with the most at risk patients?
And might that play a part why so many of the New York deaths are related to nursing homes? The virus has killed at least 3,540 residents of New York's nursing homes and adult care facilities as of Wednesday.
Team Cuomo says the homes were at fault because they were venal and greedy. After all, if they took the patients, they'd get paid, so that's why they took the patients. It had nothing to do with his legally mandated foisting of coronavirus patients onto New York's vulnerable nursing homes.
RedState also notes that Cuomo sneered at little guys who wanted to return to work, saying they were endangering the vulnerable. Nothing they're doing comes close to what Cuomo's outrageous policies were accomplishing.
This calls to mind that Cuomo has been basking in the fawning media attention to his "leadership" on the coronavirus, to the point of where many Democrats are wishing he was on the presidential ticket. Legal Insurrection has more on that here and thinks he's in for a fall. In reality, Cuomo was issuing death sentences on nursing homes by foisting the infected onto them. Word is seeping out now about this, which should burst his bubble.