CNN Faults Trump For COVID-19 NY Nursing Home Deaths, Omits Cuomo’s Order
A CNN report Thursday revealed the devastation COVID-19 had on New York nursing home workers, blaming the federal government for failing to protect them. That story, “Nursing home worker deaths going unscrutinized by federal government,” however, failed to mention anything about the State’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, and his executive order mandating that those facilities take in recovering COVID-19 patients, which was a policy that’s likely responsible for thousands of elderly deaths in the State.
Instead, CNN reporters chose to take swings at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for allowing worker deaths to be ‘underreported’ when the origin of the virus couldn’t be traced to the nursing home and for leaving the facilities without proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“Even when deaths or imminent dangers are reported to OSHA, and federal or state regulators launch an investigation, the agency has taken few actions to improve working conditions for other employees or hold employers accountable — leaving countless workers around the country exposed to unsafe working conditions,” said the CNN report.
Cuomo’s name was not mentioned once in the article.
What CNN readers didn’t see is alarming. Cuomo’s order was made with knowledge that the elderly were one of the most vulnerable populations to the novel coronavirus. That was known from day one.
If it wasn’t known to Cuomo from expert guidance, it was clearly put by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in early March. At the time, CMS advised States to protect the elderly. Cuomo evaded that guidance and moved forward with his order in late March.
Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, who lost her mother and father-in-laws to the deadly virus in a New York nursing home, has been outspoken against Cuomo’s order and his failure to own up to his mistakes. In a recent op-ed for USA Today, Dean wrote that initially, she accepted her family members’ deaths as a devastating toll of a pandemic difficult to contain, but, when she learned of Cuomo’s order, that thinking changed.
“At first, we didn’t blame anyone for their deaths,” Dean wrote. “This is a pandemic, and the virus is particularly dangerous for the elderly. Then we learned about the Cuomo administration’s March 25 order that recovering coronavirus patients be placed into nursing homes. The mandate also barred nursing homes from requiring incoming patients ‘to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.’”