Nursing-Home Scandal: COVID Patients Placed in Vulnerable Care Facilities

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The governors of New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and California directed their states to place recovering COVID-19 patients in nursing homes among the vulnerable elderly population, causing an increase in infection and deaths. More than 4,300 recovering coronavirus patients were sent to New York’s nursing homes under a directive that was ultimately scrapped amid charges that it was accelerating deadly outbreaks. New York and several other states have given legal immunity to nursing facilities so they can’t be sued for contagion of this kind. Authorities in the UK are facing similar criticisms. The official defense of this unwise policy is that it is necessary to free up beds in hospitals for more serious cases, but the evidence suggests that the shortage of beds and medical personnel never happened. -GEG

More than 4,300 recovering coronavirus patients were sent to New York’s already vulnerable nursing homes under a controversial state directive that was ultimately scrapped amid criticisms it was accelerating the nation’s deadliest outbreaks, according to a count by The Associated Press.

AP compiled its own tally to find out how many COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals to nursing homes under the March 25 directive after New York’s Health Department declined to release its internal survey conducted two weeks ago. It says it is still verifying data that was incomplete.

Whatever the full number, nursing home administrators, residents’ advocates and relatives say it has added up to a big and indefensible problem for facilities that even Gov. Andrew Cuomo — the main proponent of the policy — called “the optimum feeding ground for this virus.”

“It was the single dumbest decision anyone could make if they wanted to kill people,” Daniel Arbeeny said of the directive, which prompted him to pull his 88-year-old father out of a Brooklyn nursing home where more than 50 people have died. His father later died of COVID-19 at home.

“This isn’t rocket science,” Arbeeny said. “We knew the most vulnerable — the elderly and compromised — are in nursing homes and rehab centers.”

Told of the AP’s tally, the Health Department said late Thursday it “can’t comment on data we haven’t had a chance to review, particularly while we’re still validating our own comprehensive survey of nursing homes admission and re-admission data in the middle of responding to this global pandemic.”

Cuomo, a Democrat, on May 10 reversed the directive, which had been intended to help free up hospital beds for the sickest patients as cases surged. But he continued to defend it this week, saying he didn’t believe it contributed to the more than 5,800 nursing and adult care facility deaths in New York — more than in any other state — and that homes should have spoken up if it was a problem.

“Any nursing home could just say, ‘I can’t handle a COVID person in my facility,’” he said, although the March 25 order didn’t specify how homes could refuse, saying that ”no resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the (nursing home) solely based” on confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

Over a month later, on April 29, the Health Department clarified that homes should not take any new residents if they were unable to meet their needs, including a checklist of standards for coronavirus care and prevention.

In the meantime, some nursing homes felt obligated and overwhelmed.

Gurwin Jewish, a 460-bed home on Long Island, seemed well-prepared for the coronavirus in early March, with movable walls to seal off hallways for the infected. But after the state order, a trickle of recovering COVID-19 patients from local hospitals turned into a flood of 58 people.

More walls were put up, but other residents nonetheless began falling sick and dying. In the end, 47 Gurwin residents died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

The state order “put staff and residents at great risk,” CEO Stuart Almer said. “We can’t draw a straight line from bringing in someone positive to someone catching the disease, but we’re talking about elderly, fragile and vulnerable residents.”

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Additional sources:

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/nursing-home-industry-pushes-immunity-lawsuits-during-coronavirus-emergency-n1192001

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-carehomes/uk-rejects-calls-to-publish-detailed-data-of-care-home-deaths-from-covid-19-idUSKBN22P2QO

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Christine
Christine
1 month ago

Perhaps this virus has been deliberately manipulated to target the elderly and infirm; those with aging bodies and seriously compromised immune systems? Why? Because to the filthy parasitic elites these people are seen as no longer productive, no longer a resource, no longer contributing to their globalist trickle-up slave system and are seen as a burden, one that the globalists do not want to provide for. They see them, and all of us as a resource, and once past a certain productive point we become an annoyance, an expense. We must be careful to not dismiss their deaths as a… Read more »

Amber
Amber
1 month ago

The Corona Lie needs to be unraveled to prevent any more orchestrated deaths of people in nursing homes and hospitals. This one needs to be stopped in its tracks before it becomes a full dystopian reality:

http://pppway.net/CoronaBaloney.htm