After horrific toll, there’s hope for nursing homes in New York

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Dr. Howard Zucker, the Health Commissioner, a man comfortable with deciding who lives and who dies, is the official responsible for putting Covid -19 positive patients into vulnerable nursing homes and long term care facilities in New York. The death toll in those homes is close to 6,000.

Why has the death toll been so high? At least part of the blame has rest with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Zucker. And Cuomo’s latest move is a virtual admission of guilt. 

A directive was issued on March 25th by Zucker forbidding nursing homes to refuse patients that test positive for COVID-19. At the time, the coronavirus models predicted that New York’s health care system would be overwhelmed with coronavirus patients and there wouldn’t be enough ventilators for everyone that needed them.

This is the same Howard Zucker that determined that New York would not have enough ventilators in the case of a pandemic back in 2015, but put Governor Andrew Cuomo at ease, saying that even if they did have enough, they would not have enough people to operate them.

Deciding who will live and who will die

That line of reasoning then led to Zucker’s ventilator hierarchy which prioritized the use of ventilators in the case of a pandemic. Only the strongest would be given ventilators, while those less likely to survive would be given palliative care.

Firstly, Patients who have the highest likelihood of survival with ventilator therapy receive priority. Those who have a lower chance of survival would be given care to make them comfortable, but they would not get a ventilator.

Zucker put nursing home patients at risk

So, Zucker is behind the order to put COVID positive patients back into nursing homes. As Governor Cuomo was insisting that he wants to do everything possible to protect the most vulnerable, Zucker made sure the coronavirus was being sent into the nursing homes. The results should surprise no one. Almost 6,000 nursing home patients have died of the virus. It would be hard to design a better way to put those vulnerable folks more at risk.

Worse, while COVID-19 positive patients were being sent into nursing homes, the loved ones of the residents of those homes were being locked out for fear of spreading the disease. Many nursing home residents died alone because their family was not allowed in to see them. I doubt the families realized that COVID positive patients were being put into the nursing homes.

Anyone who has had a relative in a nursing home knows that family visits are important to the well-being of nursing home patients as family members can advocate for their loved ones and look out for their interests. No family visits put patients at risk, too.

Cuomo rescinds order

Finally, after a number of stories covering the shocking number of deaths in nursing homes in New York, Governor Cuomo has changed the rules regarding COVID-19 and nursing homes.

Hospitals cannot release patients to nursing homes in New York unless the patient tests negative for the virus. We’re just not going to send a person who is positive to a nursing home after hospital visit. Period… If there’s any issue, the resident must be referred to the department of health which will find alternative care.

Watch this compelling story of one nursing home resident claimed by the coronavirus and his family:

169 Responses

    1. Any individual who has even a part of a brain that works would never send AA positive virus back to a nursing home. I can’t call stupid because he is more like An idiot.I would be suing the State of New York And New York City fo contributing to the death of my relative. It was totally inconceivable when I heard what he had done of sending bodies back to the nursing home already infected with a virus. No wonder the count went up high and thank you to the lady who turned them in.

  1. I believe Cuomo found a patsy to take the blame for him so he would not look as bad to his constituents. I also believe that this was the plan the whole time knowing the outcome would reduce the costs of having so many people in nursing homes to start with which is why the put Covid19 positive patients into home with the most vulnerable group of all. I think both of them should be charged with some sort of murders because of their decision especially after the Nursing Homes told them they could not handle the case loads they would be given..

      1. I agree with you. This whole Coronavirus mess has cost many innocent people their lives because of the extremely poor handling of the pandemic by Trump If I had my way, I’d put Trump in a nursing home.

  2. I agree both should be charged with murder 2 but you can bet that neither one will be. The higher up they are the more protected they are. Been that way for ever.

  3. These are crimes against humanity. This is tantamount to genocide! Our most vulnerable at a compromised situation. This horrific! There should be an investigation into this. Thus can Or be overlooked as ignorance or ineptitude. This was a conscience decision on the part of (Governor? Andew Como. He is ultimately the responsible party!

  4. These are crimes against humanity. This is tantamount to genocide! Our most vulnerable in a compromised situation. This horrific! There should be an investigation into this. This must not be overlooked as ignorance or ineptitude. This was a conscience decision on the part of (Governor? Andew Como. He is ultimately the responsible party! There was no reason for this! This is more than shame.

  5. The American people should stand up and put these people on the end of a rope. There father is the devil lie lie and keep lying

  6. i believe cuomo and wolf are following the lead of pelosi’s previous comment that old people should just die! what a better group of people to kill off to make the statistics seem worse than they really are! these corrupt governors all need to be brought to justice!

  7. If that’s the case they both should be charged with murder! No matter the case Cuomo name is on the order! Common sense goes along way & sending infectious people around others will always create more ill people! Just cannot fix stupid! But you can hold them responsible! LETS IMPEACH CUOMO!

  8. I agree with Ed. When you are aware that a disease, or in this case a virus, can kill and knowingly place those infected into a place where the most vulnerable citizens live that is MURDER. If I were a relative of any of the victims of this horrible plan I would sue Cuomo and Zucker, charge them with murder.

    Stop KILLING My PEOPLE, you, arrogant SNOB.
    You aren’t human, but a group of deceivers from downstairs below.
    It’s not Okay for me to insult people, but I’ll go to confession later. You make me sick. What will you gain after you drop dead, Cuomo? Think about your soul in Hell for eternity.
    Eternity, Cuomo, ETERNITY in HELL.

  10. Anthony fauci!! , Andrew cuomo y el alcalde Bill de Blasio… son los tres mafiosos responsables de las muertes por la pandemia en Nueva York.

  11. Is his change of heart because he really cares for the people or is it that he now realizes all the lost income and sales taxes won’t be made up when he releases his dictatorial hold on the people and his state deficit will be much larger than is has been?

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