On Thursday, House Republican members from the delegations of New York, California, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania called for an investigation into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “deadly” order where he forced nursing homes to take COVID patients which led to many elderly deaths.
“These governors are withholding information from the public and House Democrats are letting them get away with it with their partisan refusal to join our investigation,” said Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis ranking chairman Steve Scalise in a statement. “As a result, we are now calling on the attorneys general of these states to investigate the orders behind these avoidable tragedies.”
According to The Wall Street Journal, 40% of coronavirus deaths have come from nursing homes.
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
New Jersey has reported 6,571 deaths of nursing home residents and workers and New York, which only reports coronavirus deaths of residents who died while physically at the nursing home facility, has reported 6,423 deaths.
Pennsylvania has reported 4,471 coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents and staff, accounting for about 68% of the state’s total fatalities from the virus. California and Michigan have reported 2,334 and 2,010 nursing home resident deaths, respectively.
Each of the states issued orders preventing nursing homes from denying admission to hospital patients based solely on being tested positive for coronavirus. New York was the first to issue such an order on March 25, and by April 15 the other four states had followed suit with their own orders.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly blamed the federal government for nursing home deaths in his state’s long term care facilities, saying that his order was in line with federal guidelines.
But Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma said in May that New York’s order ran counter to guidance from the federal government, which stated that nursing homes should admit coronavirus-positive patients into their facilities only if they can follow quarantining guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Grieving families of those who died as a result of these orders deserve answers about why they were put in place and the full extent of their impact, and there is no amount of stonewalling, name-calling, or blame-shifting that will make us give up on getting them,” Scalise said.
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