Friday, April 24, 2020

Andrew Cuomo's call to investigate New York's nursing homes is a deflection away from his policy that sent Covid-19 positive seniors back to Nursing Homes to die

Andrew Cuomo failed to act and seniors died!

The biggest reason why so many elderly died in New York is because Gov. Andrew Cuomo either had no plan on how to deal with them who tested positive for Covid-19, or he just didn't care. 

He knew what was happening.    

But, he figured the mainstream media would cover for him.  His daily press conferences were seen around the country and became more important to him.  It was a platform and a chance to become president!  Meanwhile,  a lot seniors died and he did nothing to stop it.  He's the governor of New York and the buck should stop with him, right?  So playing ignorant is not gonna wash with New Yorkers or the rest of the country.  Talk is cheap.  But, that's all Andrew knows how to do.  Talk!  Not do the do!    
NY Post reports news that Team Cuomo ignored warnings about the nursing-home disaster only confirms that the gov’s call for an investigation is pure deflection. He’s trying to make care facility owners the fall guys for the state’s choices.
The Post reports that a Brooklyn nursing home that’s seen New York’s greatest number of COVID-related deaths (55, on the latest list) wrote the state Health Department on April 8 to plead for help.
Cobble Hill Health Center CEO Donny Tuchman e-mailed four officials to report that his facility had “over 50 symptomatic patients scattered through the building and almost no gowns” and warned, “There is no way for us to prevent the spread under these conditions.”
His closing, in hindsight, is heartbreaking: “Is there anything more we can do to protect our patients and staff? Thank you for any help you could be.”
Someone wrote back 20 minutes later — with a standard attachment offering advice on how to conserve personal protective equipment. (In reply, Tuchman repeated the fact that Cobble Hill didn’t have anything to conserve.)

The concerned CEO made another plea the next day, asking if he could send the home’s suspected coronavirus cases to the field hospital at the Javits Centeror the USNS Comfort. No dice, came the answer.
So much for the claims from Gov. Cuomo and his health czar, Dr. Howard Zucker, that overwhelmed facilities just needed to ask for help if handed patients they couldn’t safely handle — thanks to Zucker’s March 25 mandate that all homes accept coronavirus-positive cases.
We expect more damning evidence will surface in the days ahead.
Cuomo has asked Attorney General Tish James to lead an investigation that seems fixed from the start: It will find that nursing homes weren’t remotely prepared to respond to a pandemic.

The real investigation should be into why Zucker insisted on sending coronavirus-positive patients to nursing homes, when it’s been clear from the start that the elderly are most at risk from the virus.
And when any health pro must know, as Rochester’s Hurlbut Care Communities CEO Bob Hurlbut put it this week, that “Physical distancing is nearly impossible in the nursing home environment, due to room sharing and the fact that we provide the most intimate level of care, from brushing teeth to bathing and incontinence care.”
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