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Cuomo Changes COVID-19 Nursing Home Policy

(Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

May 11, 2020 By Christian Murray

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears to have reversed course on his past ruling requiring nursing home operators to readmit seniors who have been treated elsewhere for COVID-19.

Cuomo, on March 25, ordered nursing homes to readmit seniors who had been treated at hospitals and other facilities for COVID-19.

Yesterday, Cuomo said nursing home residents now must test negative before they are allowed back into their nursing home facility.

Cuomo had been subject to much criticism for his March 25 directive. While nursing home patients are kept separate from the rest of the residents—many argue that it has put other seniors at risk. Some say that nursing homes don’t have the space for COVID-19 patients to be properly isolated.

His critics say that his policy—requiring readmission—added to the number of fatalities at nursing homes.

Cuomo said that this new directive was not a significant change of policy, since nursing home operators have always had the ability to transfer residents elsewhere if they believe they couldn’t provide the necessary care.

Cuomo also announced an additional requirement to increase safety Sunday. All nursing home staff must undergo increased testing.

“Today we’re taking additional steps to protect residents of nursing homes,” Cuomo said. “All nursing home staff must now be tested twice a week. That’s not just a temperature check. That is a diagnostic test.”

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Trump's response cost 80,000 American lives and counting

Trump had all the information about COVID in JANUARY and didn’t act on it…but Cuomo acted too late?

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Mac

Hashtagger- How many times are you going to post your bandwagon propaganda? You’re not fooling anyone just yourself.

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Observer

First he said its the NH’s responsibility to take care of this. Then he said they should have called the Health Dept to say they don’t have the resources to manage this siege. What he fails to say is his order gave them no choice. The typical “the decision has been made” BS we all here in business. Now he’s in damage control spinning the web so the responsibility is on everyone else but him. One more political putz.

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michaelp

He put sick virus patients in with old people. Knowing dam well they would die. This is known as MURDER ! WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF A LARGE MEDICAL SHIP ? OR THE TENTS SET UP ?

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Ellen

Joanna- Please get informed. Nursing home / extended care facilities are equipped to manage such crisis. Do you understand the word quarantine or even how contagious this virus is? If you were admitted to a hospital or remained in a nursing extended care facility, you were quarantined and subject to the very same restrictions regarding visitors or n either place.,

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#dumpcuomo

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE! Five percent of nursing home patients have died thanks to Cuomo. Cuomo has been an absolute failure and refuses to accept responsibility for the deaths of the defenseless elderly. Presidential material? I would not let this bum run for president of the dog catchers’ society! He is only now realizing that the return of covid-19 strickent elderly to nursing homes was a death sentence? Nice haircut: I wonder who went to his mansion to give it to him while hairdressers in our neighborhood cannot pay their rent.

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I love when Trump lovers pretend to care about the incredibly wealthy

I wonder who went to his mansion to give it to him while hairdressers in our neighborhood cannot pay their rent.

Trump owns the largest mansion in Florida. He takes private jets there to play golf. During a pandemic.
But to your credit, de Blasio rode an Uber once.

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Bat soup. Yum.

In a previous life, Andy was probably the one who handed out smallpox infected blankets to the Native Americans.

With similar results.

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dnl

Day late, dollar short buster!! But you have accomplished what you wanted to do….up the number of deaths! A typical Demolib act!

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Nancy

Either Cuomo needs to run for president! Or Joe Biden needs his own show called “You’re Hired!” before the election. Trump needs to go!

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Caroline

Any man who can talk about his Mother like Andrew did has a heart of gold. Gold bless Gov. Cuomo.

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Joanna

Not only did thy rob the patients of life. But they allow the patients to die ALONE, without loved ones by their side. Since they wouldn’t allow family members to see parents or grandparents, family will always be haunted they were unable to give last hugs, say I love you….heartbreaking!!

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Marie

Cuomos order forcefully put infected overflow covid patients in Nursing homes for federal funding … meanwhile USNS Comfort and Jacob Javits Field Hospital remained empty.

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Where's my liveliehood, dude?

This idiot is responsible for about 3500 corona deaths thanks to his stupid order for nursing homes to take back covid patients. A real death sentence. But thanks for your mother’s meatball recipe, jackass.

Now reopen the state economy. Not all of us have a guaranteed paycheck and free government housing like you do.

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greg

Why didn’t they stick Chris Cuomo in a nursing home so he could quarantine there?

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