Hours after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced his intention to resign, US House 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 Attorney General Letitia James released a report exhibiting that the state’s Department of Health underneath Cuomo had undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing properties after the governor ordered nursing properties to just accept sufferers who had examined optimistic for the illness. Cuomo had obtained an Emmy award for his COVID-19 briefings and wrote a e book about his management throughout the pandemic.
“Governor Cuomo’s predatory conduct 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 stated 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 power 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 proper factor and finish the coverup by making this nursing residence data public when she takes the oath as governor,” Scalise concluded. “Grieving households throughout the Empire State deserve solutions about the true cause why so many seniors died of COVID-19 in nursing properties and long-term care services.”
Last 12 months, House Republicans on the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis cent five letters to governors who ordered nursing properties to confess COVID-positive sufferers, together with Cuomo.
The Republicans argued that such orders contrasted with steerage issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS steerage explicitly did “not direct any nursing residence to just accept a COVID-19 optimistic affected person, if they’re unable to take action safely.” Indeed, the steerage urged that “nursing properties ought to admit any person who they might 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, “Under no circumstances ought to a hospital discharge a affected person to a nursing residence that isn’t ready to maintain these sufferers’ wants.”
The Department of Justice underneath 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. Last month, the DOJ underneath Preisdent Biden announced it will not pursue the investigation.
“It is outrageous that the Department of Justice refuses to research 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 stated on the time. “Where is the justice for nursing residence victims and their grieving households?”