Cuomo Faces Outrage After Rule Put Thousands of Infected Near Vulnerable Seniors

Cuomo Faces Outrage After Rule Put Thousands of Infected Near Vulnerable Seniors


A policy enacted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration in March injected more than 4,500 recovering coronavirus patients into New York state nursing homes, according to a new report.

“We’ve tried everything to keep it out of a nursing home, but it’s virtually impossible,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters during an April 22 news briefing.

“Now is not the best time to put your mother in a nursing home. That is a fact.”

Three days earlier, on April 19, Cuomo called nursing homes “the optimum feeding ground for this virus.”

But at the policy level, there was a disconnect between what Cuomo was saying and what his administration was doing.

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On March 25, the New York State Department of Health issued a directive that required nursing homes to accept recovering coronavirus patients, according to The Associated Press.

Overall, more than 4,500 such patients were sent to nursing homes

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