According to the Associated Press, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent 4,500 elderly people, many still recovering from COVID-19 and contagious, back to the nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Gov. Cuomo issued the order to return patients on March 25, 2020 and would not rescind it until May 10, 2020, after a public outcry.
Many allege this decision resulted in an explosion of new COVID cases in nursing homes, with some describing what was happening as “carnage.”
According to NBC News, family members and nursing home administrators blamed Cuomo for what was happening, with some describing the decision as “reckless and careless”. Unfortunately, New York was not the only state to do this, the same thing was happening in New Jersey and California.
The Daily Caller reports that sometime between April 28 and May 3, New York health officials suspiciously began classifying people who contracted COVID-19 in a nursing home, but died in a hospital, as a hospital death instead of a nursing home death, as it had done previous.
The elderly are the ones most vulnerable to the Coronavirus. At the end of April, Canada reported that 79% of its Coronavirus deaths involved people connected to Nursing Care Home and long-term care facilities and Pennsylvania reported that the average age of the people dying from COVID in its state was 80-years-of- age and similar to Canada, a significant percentage, 66%, were living in nursing homes.
And one wonders how many of the remaining 21% in Canada and 34% in Pennsylvania who died were also elderly, but not living in a long-term care facility?