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.’”
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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.
Folks, vaccination requirements work. pic.twitter.com/XuBsOQxGaN— President Biden (@POTUS) October 9, 2021
Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.
Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”
Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.
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