Cover-Up: New York Website Deletes Cuomo’s Deadly Nursing Home Order
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be responsible for as many as 10,000 coronavirus deaths in his home state thanks to a dreadfully misguided March 25 order, which compelled nursing homes to take in patients suffering from the disease. Now, as pressure mounts for a federal investigation into one of the country’s most egregious pandemic missteps, New York officials appear to be doing their best to make that fateful order disappear down the memory hole.
Fox News found this week that the order, which used to be on the New York Health Department’s website, has been completely removed. Clicking on the page that used to display the order now returns a message saying that the requested file is “not found.” Unfortunately for Cuomo’s sneaky minions, there is such a thing as the Internet Wayback Machine, which preserves websites as they were on a previous date. Using it on the health department website shows how the order was formerly published.
“No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the NH [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs [Nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission,” read the now-deleted message.
After reports began coming in about how many people had died as a result of Cuomo’s decree, the governor issued a new directive in early May, telling hospitals that they cannot send patients back to their nursing homes unless they have registered a negative test for the coronavirus. But as Fox News reports, a spokesman for the governor said that the May 10 directive was not intended to reverse the earlier order.
“He didn’t reverse or rescind anything,” said the spokesman. “The order is still in effect. He did add a directive, this one directed at hospitals, saying they must test patients and the patients must be negative before being sent back to a nursing home. And he is requiring nursing homes to test staff twice a week.”
Gov. Cuomo has yet to take any responsibility for issuing the order. Instead, he has blamed President Trump for his own terrible decision-making.
“New York followed the president’s agencies’ guidance,” Cuomo said Saturday. “What New York did was follow what the Republican Administration said to do. That’s not my attempt to politicize it. It’s my attempt to depoliticize it. So don’t criticize the state for following the president’s policy.”
First of all, since when does ultra-Democrat Andrew Cuomo follow President Trump’s lead? Second, a close look at a March 13 directive from the Trump administration reveals this guidance: “Nursing homes should admit any individuals that they would normally admit to their facility, including individuals from hospitals where a case of COVID-19 was/is present.”
Not sure that’s quite the same as saying, Yeah sure, throw your COVID-19 patients into a closed-up nursing home and let’s see what happens.
Cuomo can try and cover this up and point fingers, but it’s not going to work. The people know the truth and (eventually) even his pals in the mainstream media are going to nail him on this one.