Call for independent investigation of Cuomo’s COVID-19 nursing home policies.
From AUTISM ACTION NETWORK (AAN)
During Cuomo’s May 13th daily covid 19 press event New York Governor Andrew Cuomo claimed, “I did everything I could,” to protect residents of nursing homes, despite a major reversal on Sunday of his policy to force nursing homes to accept patients from hospitals who had covid 19 infections. More than 5400 New York nursing home residents have died so far, and that number does not include nursing home residents who were sent to hospitals where they died. According to the Associated Press, 40% of all nursing home deaths from covid 19 in the US have been in New York which has less than 6% of the total population.
Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, among other legislators has called for an independent investigation of Cuomo’s nursing home policies.
We support the call for an investigation, independent of Cuomo and his political allies, of New York’s response to covid 19 in nursing homes. Please click on this link Take Action to send a message to your State Senator and Assemblymember calling for an independent review.
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Senator Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, (518) 455-2585, (914) 423-4031
Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie, (518) 455-3791, (718) 654-6539
Sen Patrick Gallivan (R- Western New York)) the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee, said, “The exact number of deaths caused by COVID-19 among nursing home residents is unclear, but some reports indicate they have made up roughly one-fourth to one-fifth of the state’s total fatalities,” Gallivan said. “Equally uncertain is the number of confirmed or presumed cases of the virus among residents and staff. This is unacceptable.”
Assemblymember Ron Kim, (D-Queens) said in a statement, “Our community continues to reel from anger and disbelief at the negligence and disregard shown on this issue, and the irreparable harm done to nursing home residents in our community, throughout New York.”
Former Governor George Pataki has called for an investigation as well, characterizing Cuomo’s handling of covid 19 in nursing homes as a “disaster.”
Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island) has called for a federal investigation.
Another major question that must be investigated is the refusal of the state to allow nursing homes to send patients with covid 19 symptoms to hospitals for appropriate treatment. One of the worst hit nursing homes is the Cobble Hill Care Center in Brooklyn which has had at least 55 residents die. As early as April 9 administrators pleaded with state officials to allow patients suspected of having covid 19 to go to hospitals but were denied.
Remember the only reason New Yorkers lost their right to a religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school was because Cuomo decided it was politically advantageous for him to do so. Prior to his belated, but decisive, involvement in the effort to repeal the religious exemption last June, it was clear that there were not enough votes to pass the measure in the Assembly. Cuomo cut deals and twisted arms to make it happen and it did.
If you cannot get a medical exemption from a vaccine mandate to attend school for your child, Cuomo is responsible for that as well. He allowed practices to develop that made getting an exemption exceedingly difficult, and then had the state regulations re-written last summer to allow exemptions almost exclusively in situations when a child has already had a documented near-death, anaphylactic reaction to a previous shot. The need to prevent injury was completely discarded and replaced with a policy that only allows avoiding re-injury in very limited cases.
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