Cuomo’s Tragic Policy of Putting COVID Patients into Nursing Homes Has Proven Deadly


“I am wondering who will hold Gov. Cuomo accountable for the deaths of so many older people due to his reckless decision to place covid19 patients in nursing and rehabilitation homes,” the letter began. “I am writing as a daughter who lost her beautiful 88-year-old mother who was receiving physical therapy at one such facility.”

~ daughter, Arlene Mullin

The first stunning breakout of coronavirus senior fatalities took place before March 11 in the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington.  At that time there were 13 deaths.  Since then, at least 24 others have passed there.

Around that time Dr. Anthony Fauci pleaded that special attention needed to be paid to family elders.  “It’s so clear that the overwhelming weight of serious disease and mortality is on those who are elderly and those with serious co-morbidity: heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, respiratory difficulties…”. He said there would always be exceptions but that “if you look at the weight of the data, the risk group is very, very clear.”

Inexplicably, a couple of weeks later the  New York State Health Department issued a directive stating, “No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the (nursing home) solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.”

The death totals in the state’s senior facilities are now about 3,500.  That represents about 25% of NYS’s fatalities.  And it’s generally agreed even this tragic number is an under-representation of those lost.

When someone in a generally pro-Cuomo media finally got around to asking about the above-mentioned mandate his answer was curious to the point of being unbelievable.  He feigned ignorance.

“That’s a good question.  I don’t know.”  Really gov?  Andrew named his stay-at-home order after his own mom, Matilda, and frequently talked about protecting her.  “My mother is not expendable and our brothers and sisters are not expendable.”

Notwithstanding that history, along with some very early high profile public push-back, Cuomo felt perfectly safe in passing the hot potato query to NYS health commissioner, Howard Zucker.  Mr. Zucker confirmed the policy and tried vainly to defend it by saying, “The necessary precautions will be taken to protect other residents there.”

Ron Kim a Democrat assemblyman from Queens wasn’t buying any of this.  “It’s either he’s lying or they have no idea what’s going on on the ground.”

Maybe it’s not an either-or.  Maybe it’s kinda both, meaning they’re lying now to cover the fact they really had/have “no idea what’s been going on on the ground.”

One way or the other, Gov. Cuomo’s utterly perverse policy has proven deadly for thousands of NY’s most vulnerable seniors.  Seems lots of mothers, brothers, and sisters have been expendable.

Tragically, more will follow.

Brit Hume tweeted a Goodwin story about the same topic with the comment, “He claims he didn’t know about it.”

It should be a huge story.  We shouldn’t hold our breath.

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3 years ago

That being the case, no wonder the models were looking at Italy as a reference point. They did a similar method of housing the Covid sick with the general population.

Frank S.
Frank S.
3 years ago

For now, let’s give Cuomo the benefit of the doubt and say his decree was made of ignorance.

A much more terrifying scenario, would be he was frightened his poor planning would leave NYS way short on hospital beds. Facing that, Andy deliberately chose, in order to relieve pressure on his ill-prepared hospitals, to force seniors back into an environment that would be extremely dangerous for themselves and others.

Sounds almost too diabolical right? That’s until you read Cuomo has ordered EMT heros not to try and revive anyone they’re called to save, if the victim has no pulse. Oh, oh.

Carl Spackler
Carl Spackler
3 years ago

People who love their elders don’t put them in death camps aka nursing homes.
Guess who are the main workers at these homes?
Vibrant diverse cultural enriching lifetime democrat voters.
At least gas is $1.30 a gallon locally so we got that going for us which is nice.
Plus there is a ten cents off discount with my comrades of the collective card from Sack N’ Save!

3 years ago
Reply to  Carl Spackler

You’re a nasty Dummy.

3 years ago
Reply to  Natalie

No, literally you’re the nasty one. And you’re no dummy. You’re an imbecile.