One of the most disastrous policies by a Democrat governor during this pandemic was created by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning allowing positive COVID patients to return to nursing homes without segregation.
As it turns out, Governor Cuomo was far from the only governor that had enacted such a policy.
Ironically, numerous other governors did the same thing, all Democrats, and all among the highest mortality rates in the country.
Cuomo issued his directive on March 25 and to this point, he is the only governor that has been exposed as having done so.
That, however, is not the case.
On April 15, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a similar order that stated long-term care facilities “must not prohibit admission or readmission of a resident based on COVID-19 testing requirements or results.”
She renewed the policy numerous times until it was revoked in July 2020.
On April 10, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered “patients hospitalized, or receiving treatment at an alternate care site, with COVID-19 can be discharged to a [skilled nursing facility] when clinically indicated.”
Newsom’s order, however, mandated testing to ensure that if these patients were still positive, they could be isolated.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy put his stamp of approval on an order by NJ Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli that ordered no patients could be refused readmission or admission “solely based on a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.”
Persichilli stated, “We did advise long-term care facilities to readmit their residents … if they had appropriate PPE and appropriate staffing and the ability … to separate COVID-19 patients from non-COVID-19 patients.
“If the long-term care facility was not able to do that, they should not have readmitted.”
In March, PA Governor Tom Wolf issued an order stating that “nursing care facilities must continue to accept new admissions and receive readmissions for current residents who have been discharged from the hospital who are stable.”
This, by the way, is HHS nominee Rachel Levine’s home state.
Of those additional orders, Whitmer and Wolf would seem to have left the door open for positive patients to be admitted and possibly held in areas that held other patients.
Considering the death rates of both of these states, perhaps Cuomo should not be alone in being investigated on this front.
Source: Washington Examiner