New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo is among a number of state leaders seeking to stifle the growing positive cases of the new corona virus as the holiday season approaches, although the New York Democrat has faced some criticism of how he handled the epidemic in certain situations.
New York was the epicenter of the early spring domestic epidemic, which bore the majority of cases when the country struggled with the disease, and experts competed to share more details on transmission, symptoms, and methods of prevention.
Since then, cases in the Empire State have dropped dramatically – and remain among the lowest in the United States
Despite the praise for flattening the curve, one of the debates in the state was the Cuomo’s rules for elderly patients at home, which some believe may have contributed to the number of deaths among the vulnerable elderly population.
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On March 25, the Cuomo issued a directive requiring nursing homes to receive COVID-positive patients discharged from hospitals. It also required the facility to ensure that it was able to provide adequate care for these individuals while protecting other residents.
The idea was pending, looking at a scenario where hospitals were overwhelmed and forced to fire patients to return to the nursing home.
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The policy was changed in May, when the Cuomo said hospitals could only send patients back to a nursing home if they received a negative result.
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Cuomo said the original directive was in line with the Trump Administration’s guidelines for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), which have reached all states to treat infections in nursing homes. According to the guide, “nursing homes should admit all persons who are normally admitted to their facility, including hospitals where there has been / is a case of COVID-19.”
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Most recently, in September, the Cuomo said deaths in the state’s nursing homes were not related to the sequence but to the consequences of infections caused by staff or family members before officials even knew the virus was circulating in the state. From then on, the spread of the community led to infections in the population that were particularly susceptible to the virus.
Cuomo also said the order never really came into force because the state never ran out of hospital beds and capacity.
However, ProPublica combed the data released by the state and showed that there were no sick residents or employees in 58 nursing homes before a positive patient arrived from the hospital.
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The Cuomo was heated because the virus caused the death of many nursing homes in the state.
The state only counts deaths in the nursing home itself, not the patients who were hospitalized and then died, so critics say the death toll is likely to be much higher.
By the end of the summer, there had been 6,600 deaths in nursing homes, according to the Associated Press.
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Fox News Gregg Re contributed to this report.