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.’”
College to begin offering abortion pill on campus
Barnard College, a partner campus of Columbia University, will be rolling out a plan in May that involves supplying students with abortion pills, the Columbia Spectator reported. The plan to provide the abortion service in the form of mifepristone abortion pills to students was initially announced in the fall of 2022 after the overturning of Roe. V Wade, according to the Spectator. However, the rollout’s delay has been partially attributed to an August 2023 grant the college received, which allowed Barnard to join a large network of primary care providers that will help steer the college through the procedures.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reports Barnard’s Primary Care Health Service will host student focus groups in upcoming weeks to find out student perspectives about the service and to identify new ways to support students considering abortion. “We wanted to make sure that we’re addressing this from every angle that will be supportive of students,” Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett, director of Medical Services and Quality Improvement of Barnard, told the Spectator. Anderson-Burnett also said it has expanded the availability of its abortion providers to after-hours and year-round.
Barnard has six medical professionals, including two physicians and four nurse practitioners, who are capable of performing the procedure, Mariana Catallozzi, vice president for Health and Wellness and chief health officer of Barnard, told the Spectator. The school also launched a partnership with AccessNurse, a medical call center that will assist with patient concerns related to abortions.
“The training doesn’t end with the clinicians,” Anderson-Burnett told the Spectator. “Clinicians are trained on the actual provision, but there’s also an overall training that will be provided to key partners and stakeholders across the campus because we want every step, every touchpoint, to be supportive and to be trauma-informed and to be patient-valued and centered but also respect confidentiality and privacy.”
The University of Massachusetts Amherst spent more than $650,000 to stock abortion pills in March 2023 at the request of Democratic Maryland Gov. Maura Healey. Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill in May 2023 forcing college in the state to stock abortion pills on campus.
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