Rep. Stefanik: Cuomo ‘Hypocritical’ With Call to Investigate High Schooler

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    NEW YORK (AP) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s demand for an investigation into a high school student who was linked to a coronavirus outbreak by attending a graduation ceremony after visiting Florida is “hypocritical,” given his record concerning the deaths of thousands of nursing home patients in his state, Rep. Elise Stefanik said Monday.

    “The governor refuses to be held accountable for the thousands and thousands of seniors who lost their lives because of the failed and fatal nursing home policies,” the New York Republican said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “Of course, we need to contact trace individuals that attended that high school graduation ceremony, but it really is hypocritical that the governor is pointing fingers at this high school student.”

    Cuomo’s policy of sending COVID-19 patients to nursing homes where they could not be isolated, meanwhile, did not follow federal guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said Stefanik.

    “Federal guidance from CMS was very clear that a nursing home should only accept a positive COVID patient if they were able to isolate them and if they had adequate PPE and testing,” she said. “New York State has not been transparent, and family members of seniors who lost their lives have not gotten answers but most importantly were not even made aware when there were positive COVID cases in these senior living facilities.”

    Meanwhile, Cuomo has blamed President Donald Trump, healthcare workers, senior citizens, and Republicans for the nursing home deaths, when families deserve accountability and answers from him, said Stefanik.

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    1. By now we all know that Cuomo is just a scapegoat. The people discharged from the Hospitals could’ve not possibly transmit the virus as is known now that after I have healed from The virus u can’t transmit it anymore,

      • WTF are you talking about, they aren’t healed and why why is it that the nursing homes that didn’t follow Cuomos rules had no deaths at all?

      • Who said anything about the patients being “discharged” after having been healed? The stated criteria for the so-called “discharge” (which was really a “forced transfer” by governor directive) was that the patient was “medically stable” (which simply means could be moved without immediately dying form the move itself). Nothing required any patient “discharged” to an old age home to be proven free from the virus. In fact, the opposite is true – they were FORBIDDEN from testing- to quote newsday:

        > The order also barred nursing homes from requiring incoming patients “to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”

    2. Every Nursing home that I have been in, has a community lunchroom, and some have just enough staff to manage the ratio of patient to staff. Its economics. And you cannot just put up the beds rails on both sides, and expect a normal patient who may be physically weak to find a way to unlatch the rail.
      And the floor cleaner, the laundry taker, shared wheel chairs, etc all contributed to the deaths. It was first thought to be like the flu (thanks Donald tRump, for saying 15 cases, will be gone soon).

      Republicans do not want Israel Annexing J and S now. The Dems are joining them. And by the way, its only Donald who is doing the wishes of Jared and his daughter.


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