No more blood on Governor Cuomo’s hands in the midst of the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes: Goodwin

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Towards the end of his press conference on Tuesday, Governor Cuomo was asked about nursing homes. In his response, he described the devilish dangers they face from the coronavirus epidemic due to their vulnerable residents, sick and elderly.

“What really happened in nursing homes is what we feared from the start,” said Cuomo. He called them “Ground Zero” for the virus and added:

“You just need one [infected] the person . . . to walk in there and then it’s fire in the dry grass. “

In fact, there is nothing wrong and everything is fine with these words. But the governor’s clear understanding of the particular circumstances facing nursing homes deepens the mystery of why he authorized his ministry of health to force sick patients into these same facilities.

After all, if only one infected staff member could start a “dry grass fire” in a facility, what could 10, 15 or 20 infected patients do to all vulnerable people inside a nursing home nurses? And what havoc could thousands of infected patients cause in hundreds of nursing homes across the state?

Add Maria Porteus to the long list of mourners who want answers to these and other questions about state policy.

Her 82-year-old father Carlos Gallegos died on April 9 at Luxor Nursing and Rehabilitation on Long Island. Porteus’s experience reflects the contours of so many others who come forward to share their stories of tragedy.

“On March 31, I received a call from a nurse telling me that my father had a 102-degree fever and that it was not going down,” Porteus told me Tuesday. “She said don’t worry because he doesn’t move much. “

When Porteus told the nurse that she did not understand that her father was not moving, the nurse replied, “Aren’t you following the news? The state forced us to bring these sick people. We had no choice, but we are not happy about it here. “

The Ministry of Health’s order, dated March 25, ruled that nursing homes and rehabilitation centers could not use a positive COVID-19 test as the sole basis for discharging a patient discharged from hospitals. Fearing state regulators, many facility managers say they accepted the transfers even though they believed the order was a death sentence for some existing patients and staff.

Luxor officials said they took 25 to 30 infected transfers as part of the warrant. Porteus said the Luxor nurse told him that he had not been tested to find out whether his father was positive for the virus, but they treated him as if he were. Soon his fever dropped and he seems to have recovered.

Then, as with so many other victims, the fever returned a few days later. Soon he was on the verge of death, and Porteus and his brother, dressed in protective robes and masks, were allowed to receive end-of-life visits.

“Whenever he tried to breathe, it was like firecrackers exploding in his body,” she said, sobbing. “I didn’t understand how it could happen so quickly. “

Her father, an auto mechanic who owned his own business, had been in Luxor for three years. He suffered from dementia but was otherwise in good physical condition. “I know in my heart that he was not supposed to die now,” said Porteus.

He has never been tested for the virus, but his daughter says her death certificate lists the cause of death as “possible COVID-19”. Due to the enormous number of deaths, she had to wait 12 distressing days until she could have him cremated. She is also angry that she cannot get her medical records, saying that Luxor does not answer his calls.

The establishment, which has 252 beds, confirms that Gallegos is one of the 22 residents it lost due to the virus despite the establishment of separate units to house infected patients who were imposed on it by the State. Staff were isolated and coronavirus patients used disposable plates and utensils, so nothing had to go back into the kitchen.

Luxor leaders say they have done everything they can and have continued to update their practices to comply with new state directives.

Although he softened his tone on Tuesday after swearing to revoke the licenses of some nursing homes last week, Cuomo nevertheless intends to investigate the large number of deaths related to COVID-19, now exceeding 3,600.

He will likely find faults and errors, as routine inspections often do. But any indication that homes had serious problems before the pandemic only highlights the mistake of ordering them to take infected patients. If they weren’t up to snuff before, how would they manage coronavirus patients?

The governor, as is his habit during daily briefings, tries to illustrate points with stories about his family. On Tuesday, he praised the generosity of the grandfather whose name he bears, an immigrant who, according to Cuomo, almost failed during the Depression by giving food to customers who could not afford to pay.

The bereaved families of those who died in nursing homes could use some of this Cuomo compassion now. Death reached out and grabbed their loved ones in what seemed like an instant and they naturally want to know why.

Likewise, the staff and nurses of these institutions deserve to be recognized and supported, not an attractive punitive inquiry with political overtones. Like the valiant employees of the hospital and the other first responders who are greeted by a grateful nation at 7 p.m. Every night, workers in retirement homes suddenly found themselves on the front lines of a war against an invisible enemy. It is up to them to hold their hands and comfort the dying.

They too deserve our sincere gratitude.

Ignore Biden’s accuser

Few of us may know if Joe Biden sexually assaulted former assistant Tara Reade in 1993, but it really feels like heaven that so many left-wing media aren’t even curious.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biden sat for “about 20 television interviews as well as podcasts and virtual fundraisers.” She was not asked about Ms. Reade’s allegations at any of these events. “

Apparently, all women should only be believed when they lay charges against Republicans. When the charges involve a Democrat, it’s not even a story.

Main motivation

The state council’s decision to cancel the presidential primary in June may be necessary given the viral situation. But there will still be primaries for Congress and state races, and they could be affected by the end of the presidential race.

In fact, election officials, appointed by the Democratic Party, say a drop in voter turnout will make the day safer for voters and scrutineers. It is no coincidence that the drop in the participation rate generally favors the incumbents.

How practical.

Finally, a good title

Baseball discussing the plan to start the season in late June.

Imagine the sweet sound of “Play Ball!” “

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