Hours after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced his intention to resign, U.S. Home Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., demanded that the governor launch COVID-19 nursing residence information to the general public earlier than he leaves workplace.
In January, New York’s Democratic Legal professional Normal Letitia James released a report exhibiting that the state’s Division of Well being below Cuomo had undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing properties after the governor ordered nursing properties to just accept sufferers who had examined Positive for the illness. Cuomo had obtained an Emmy award for his COVID-19 briefings and wrote a guide about his management throughout the pandemic.
“Governor Cuomo’s predatory habits has traumatized numerous ladies, and his disastrous management throughout the COVID-19 pandemic led to the deaths of 1000’s of senior residents in nursing properties,” Scalise mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday after Cuomo announced his resignation. “For too lengthy, Democrats and the mainstream media fawned over Cuomo, made excuses for Cuomo, and enabled Cuomo, regardless of overwhelming proof.”
“Now that he’s lastly resigning, it’s lengthy overdue for Governor Cuomo to finish the coverup and be clear by releasing the info from his lethal mandate that nursing properties take COVID-positive sufferers, which led to the premature deaths of 1000’s of seniors. All these households who misplaced family members deserve solutions and the flexibility to hunt closure,” Scalise added.
Scalise referred to as on Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who will serve the rest of Cuomo’s time period, to launch the data herself, ought to Cuomo fail to take action.
“If Governor Cuomo refuses to launch this information, then Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul should do the suitable factor and finish the coverup by making this nursing residence info public when she takes the oath as governor,” Scalise concluded. “Grieving households throughout the Empire State deserve solutions about the true purpose why so many seniors died of COVID-19 in nursing properties and long-term care amenities.”
Final yr, Home Republicans on the Choose Committee on the Coronavirus Disaster sent five letters to governors who ordered nursing properties to confess COVID-positive sufferers, together with Cuomo.
The Republicans claimed that such orders contrasted with steerage issued by the Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Providers. CMS steerage explicitly did “not direct any nursing residence to just accept a COVID-19 Positive affected person, if they’re unable to take action safely.” Certainly, the steerage urged that “nursing properties ought to admit any person that they would usually admit to their facility, together with people from hospitals the place a case of COVID-19 was/is current” provided that the nursing residence can comply with CDC steerage.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma additionally warned, “By no means ought to a hospital discharge a affected person to a nursing residence that’s not ready to handle these sufferers’ wants.”
The Division of Justice below President Trump opened an investigation into whether or not or not governors like Cuomo violated the civil rights of institutionalized individuals by ordering nursing properties to confess COVID-positive sufferers. Final month, the DOJ below Preisdent Biden announced it could not pursue the investigation.
“It’s outrageous that the Division of Justice refuses to analyze the lethal ‘should admit’ orders issued by governors in New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan that resulted within the deaths of 1000’s of senior residents,” Scalise mentioned on the time. “The place is the justice for nursing residence victims and their grieving households?”