Let’s start with the knowledge that Albany had had for months – that the coronavirus was extra-lethal for the elderly. Study after study, death rates have increased with age, especially in people with serious pre-existing health conditions. This describes the entire population in most nursing homes.
Next, look at the now infamous New York State Department of Health directive of March 25 that orders these homes and rehabilitation centers to admit and re-admit patients with coronavirus. The devil comes in the first sentence of the fifth paragraph:
“No resident will be denied readmission or admission to the NH solely on the basis of a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. “
It sounds like a legal warning against discrimination – because that’s what it is. The ordinance effectively makes patients infected with a highly contagious disease a protected class, similar to the way in which prejudice is prohibited by race and sex.
The concept is obscene. For the same reason that you don’t strike a match near gas, anyone with the virus should be banished from nursing homes, not forced.
As a reminder, the phrase “overly cautious” was used to justify the closure of schools, churches, and businesses, and to impose social distancing guidelines everywhere. Nursing homes needed even more extreme protections, which is why all visitors, including family, were banned for fear that they would accidentally infect loved ones and start a death chain by garland.
However, with regard to these same facilities, members of Governor Cuomo’s team have not shown prudence or common sense. The results were predictably catastrophic.
The second sentence of the same paragraph aggravates the disaster. He indicates that nursing homes “are not required to require that a hospitalized resident who is determined to be medically stable be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”
Clearly, nursing homes cannot even ask if a patient from a hospital has been tested for the virus or is positive. Unless the referring hospital provides this information, nursing homes must wait for the patient to arrive and do their own tests.
Even then, the state had not finished creating chaos. The officials ordered the facilities without notice.
“There was no planning, no thought process to give us time to identify buildings and create units,” said an industry executive. “It happened so quickly. “
In fact, several executives said that the day after the prescription was issued, hospitals immediately called the infected patients and, referring to the prescription, said that you cannot reject them, you must take them.
Leaders described unrestrained efforts to isolate infected patients, but not all facilities had the staff or the space to do so. Most did not have sufficient protective equipment.
The disease has claimed more than 3,500 lives in nursing and rehabilitation centers, nearly 25% of the total known deaths in the state. There is no way of knowing exactly how many people have died as a result of the state order, but the number is certainly not zero. The cause and effect relationship is obvious.
Cuomo’s reaction was almost as infuriating as the order. When the Post interviewed him last Monday, he actually claimed to know nothing about it.
Its health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, was left to defend politics, the ultimate mission impossible. The order is indefensible.
The clear goal was to relieve pressure on hospitals overflowing with coronavirus patients. But in addition to wanting to know why there was no warning, nursing home officials want to know why the Javits Center or the Marine Comfort hospital ship were not used, where patients infected could be isolated.
In fact, the Post reported on Saturday that Donny Tuchman, CEO of Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill Health Center, had told state officials on April 9 that he could not handle the flow of infected patients and had specifically asked instead of using Javits and Comfort instead.
It was refused, even though the two establishments only occupied a fraction of their capacity. Tuchman has so far lost 55 residents to coronavirus, the largest number of nursing homes in New York, to date. And now the Comfort is about to leave New York because it is not necessary.
Meanwhile, Cuomo, after his first denial of knowledge, quickly became an energetic defender of politics. Day after day, last week, he also started blaming retirement homes.
One day, he said that “it was not our job” to provide them with equipment, even though the aides insisted that the state had supplied thousands of masks, dresses and other items – including bags mortuary.
The next day, the governor became even more hostile, vowing to investigate the houses and threatening to revoke their permits. An aide said the goal was “to go to the lowest number of dead.”
If Cuomo really wants the truth, he will start his investigation in his own health service.
In the industry, his threats are viewed as a warning against criticism, with one owner certain that it means “Cuomo is coming after us.” “
Another executive said, “Our nurses put themselves in danger, then they go home and hear criticism from the governor. So instead of cheering, we get shit. Now he is tormenting us, just to protect a policy that was wrong. “
Less press? good!
News that President Trump is reducing his appearances at daily White House briefings counts as good news. As I wrote last week, events had turned into bad television – too long and too often dominated by his boring fights with the press.
Most of the media liked the attention and, like so many peacocks who strut around, used it to display their hate program against Trump. Taking off their face time is the only reason to make the change.
A bigger problem is that the real war against the virus often played the role of second violin for some strange or strange comment by the president. His thoughts on Thursday on people receiving injections of disinfectants blew up a million heads and stifled the debate on how quickly to reopen the economy.
Getting people back to work is the last thing some people on the left want. MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace sees a “silver lining” in the current situation as it hurts the president.
There is no point in chatting with people who are far away. Being ignored is what they fear – and deserve.
Silly Stringer’s board games
City controller Scott Stringer has waived its relevance. His latest press release wants to force a director to leave J.P. Morgan Chase’s board of directors to be a “climate change denier”.
If Stringer has nothing to contribute during the pandemic, he should go on leave and save taxpayers money.
EU. “Give up”
Title: Under pressure from China, US softens COVID-19 misinformation report
A continent of surrender monkeys.