|Cuomo’s State Directive Sent COVID-19 Patients to Nursing Homes
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing criticism following news that a state directive led to over 4,300 still recovering coronavirus patients being sent to New York’s vulnerable nursing homes.
Common Dreams reports the directive barred nursing homes from requiring patients deemed “medically stable” from being tested for COVID-19 prior to admission. Thousands of infected patients likely contributed to the virus’ spread and to the deaths of 5% of New York’s total nursing home residents.
Cuomo deflected blame to “President Trump’s CDC guidelines.” Journalists argue—despite heaped praise for him—that the governor’s slow response, delays in imposing social distancing measures, and Medicaid cuts both before and after the start of the pandemic absolutely affected New York’s tragic death toll.
Two writers for the Guardian say “This is the problem: for too long, Democrats have measured their politicians by whether they are better than Republicans. This sets the bar very low indeed.”