Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Republican Whip, has sent a letter demanding an explanation for the disastrous orders by Democrat Governors of NY, NJ, PA, CA, and MI to force COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes. The orders ignored protocols for admitting patients into nursing homes.
The outcome was an absolute disaster.
Over 40% of the deaths from COVID-19 have come from nursing homes.
The WSJ reported more than 250,000 residents and staffers at long-term care facilities contracted Covid-19, resulting in at least 50,919 deaths (the death toll is likely higher due to lags and differences in state reporting).
Of that number, over 40% of the nursing home deaths came from just 5 states.
Those 5 states are NY, NJ, PA, CA, and MI.
What do they all have in common?
five states “for whatever reason” chose to contradict The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines for long-term care facilities or nursing homes, which he said “ended up killing thousands of nursing homes patients unnecessarily.”
We knew that the virus affected elderly people at a much higher rate than anyone else, yet the Democrat Governors decided to ignore protocols and recommendations and forced nursing homes to admit patients without testing and without the ability to isolate them.
What's more, Cuomo "prohibited nursing homes from even testing COVID-19 positive patients."
Scalise now wants the governors to testify as to what science they used to make that decision. What data were they using?
Among the information requested is:
- All State issued guidance, directives, advisories, or executive orders regarding hospital discharges to nursing homes or any and all other types of assisted living facilities, including those previously superseded, in chronological order.
- All information, documents, and communications between the Office of the Governor and the New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 mitigation in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
This information was due to the Committee on Oversight and Reform on June 18.