The data is completely in the hands of the state government. After the policy is reversed, the number of people infected in the nursing home has been reduced. People’s confidence in the nursing home has been restored.
[Epoch Times, February 23, 2021](The Epoch Times reporter Huang Xiaotang reported in New York) The New York State concealed nursing home death toll scandal did not end after the state government released complete data. Many Democratic lawmakers demanded that the governor’s library be filed. Tacit accountability and even impeachment. Our newspaper interviewed the management staff of the sanatorium on the 22nd, trying to see from their perspective during the peak of the epidemic last year, Cuomo issued an administrative order requiring the sanatorium not to reject the impact of COVID-19 (Chinese Communist Party virus) positive patients on the industry.
Can’t reject the infected
Lai Liyuan, vice president of business development at the Bensonhurst Center in Brooklyn, said in an interview on the 22nd that in March last year, the state government required nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients, “whether they are infected in the hospital. It is still infected elsewhere, and we all have to accept patients.”
He explained that there are two main types of people who cannot refuse. One is that they are transferred from a hospital to a nursing home, and the other is that residents of their nursing home cannot refuse, regardless of whether they have an infection.
“At that time, the nursing home could not refuse because he was a COVID-infected person… If someone is tested in the hospital, the hospital can send the report, but we cannot require the hospital to do the test before letting the patient in (the nursing home); the government also has Say, we will not force you to accept, but you can’t refuse to accept, so it’s just forcing you.”
Regarding whether this policy of the state government at that time caused the infection of COVID patients to spread the virus to the nursing home, Lai Liyuan gave an affirmative answer, because the infected people can easily spread the infection to the staff or others from the hospital to the nursing home. Medical care; he said, “The state government puts the responsibility on rehabilitation centers and nursing homes, saying that the staff will infect patients, and then there will be patients, but this is not the case.”
Nursing homes pay more
Lai Liyuan said that after the introduction of the state government policy in March last year, their rehabilitation center completely stopped admission for more than two weeks. During this period, the original rehabilitation center residents were arranged to go home, and then two floors and more than 40 beds were vacated. The extra space can be isolated.
He said that the impact of this is financial impact, but because they are worried about COVID and the boss is more responsible, they do not want to keep focusing on money. “The boss arranges all residents who can be arranged to go home, so I think the boss is like this. It helped a lot of people because it might have been a lot of people to be infected. This is the boss’s good.
In addition, at the time the rehabilitation center had insufficient supplies of masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), but no one helped them at that time. They spent three or four times the market price to buy them and paid more.
The number of people infected in nursing homes has dropped due to policy changes
He said that if the policy does not change, the nursing home will always accept new patients with the new crown, so that the residents or staff in the hospital will be infected. He took the Brooklyn Pineapple Park (Boro Park) Nursing Home as an example. This nursing home is next to Maimonides Medical Center. The hospital’s new crown patients have been transferred to the past, and new patients have been infected, forming a pattern (Pattern), the whole floor soon after infection.
The New York Post reported on the 15th that 42 residents of the “Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing” in Brooklyn died in the hospital, accounting for more than half of all 74 deaths in the hospital.
No concealment in the nursing home
Lai Liyuan said that in terms of the number of deaths in nursing homes, the nursing homes actually did not underreport, and they have always provided real figures to the state government. The unit inspects from time to time to check a lot of things to see if there is enough PPE and if the staff has done the test. The test is done twice a week. It is very strict and strict.” “Every number of our infections, regardless of staff As with the residents, everyone has to notify the state government, so it can’t be hidden.”
The New York Post recently reported that Governor Cuomo’s top aide appeared to have admitted in a video conference a few days ago to cover up the number of deaths from COVID-19 infection in nursing homes in order to avoid investigation by the Federal Department of Justice. Last year, the number of deaths in nursing homes was more than 8,000. As of February 20, the number of deaths from the infection in nursing homes in the state was 13,407.
Lai Liyuan said, “Last year the number of deaths was excluded from the number of deaths sent from nursing homes to hospitals and delayed deaths…Patients who died in ambulances from rehabilitation centers to hospitals are also counted as deaths in hospitals, not detained in nursing homes. thing.”
He added that last year, patients with new crowns were in serious condition in nursing homes. These patients usually have serious respiratory problems and need to be sent back to the hospital for treatment. The deaths of these patients with new crowns who died in the hospital were not recorded in the nursing home, but directly. Recorded in the hospital, “No one was watching (concerning) the number of deaths in the hospital at the time.”
In addition, if the residents of the nursing home are unwell and sent to the hospital, the new crown virus is detected in the hospital, or the hospital passes away, the nursing home must report to the state government. “The regulations are very strict and are completely in the hands of the state government. know.”
People restore confidence in nursing homes
Lai Liyuan said that when the epidemic first started last year, no one wanted to come to the rehabilitation center. The situation of the entire industry was very bad. At that time, there were only more than 20 beds for almost the whole year, and some rehabilitation centers had more than 100 beds empty. But now the entire rehabilitation center is full of beds, because the rehabilitation center is doing very well. “The confidence of family members has returned. They know that we have no infected persons.”
He agreed that after the governor reversed the policy in May, the number of people infected in nursing homes has been reduced. At the same time, the State Department of Health is also improving the prevention measures of nursing homes and has done better management. For example, it will send personnel to check irregularly every week. , Let each rehabilitation center be vigilant and maintain a certain number of PPE, check the sanatorium’s epidemic prevention arrangements, “These inspections and investigations are very good, and will tell us which aspects need to be strengthened; in addition, the rehabilitation center does not need to accept COVID patients, which is very Well, let the residents be healthy, and let family members visit. We are very happy.”
Kim Dui-seok advocates impeachment
Representative Kim Dui-seok, a Democrat from Queens, recently wrote an article in Newsweek advocating “impeaching Cuomo.” Kim Dui-seok’s uncle died in a nursing home last year due to the epidemic. He wrote: “It’s time to be brave, let him be responsible, and investigate his concealment of information about the nursing home. It’s time to start the impeachment process.”
A former Attorney General of the Civil Rights Department of the Justice Department of the Trump administration told the Wall Street Journal that the investigation of Cuomo could lead to criminal charges against him.
The lawyer named John Daukas wrote that Cuomo’s administrative order in March last year “caused many tragedies and unnecessary deaths” and his government “appears to be involved in deliberate cover-ups to allow the federal government ’S supervision efforts failed.”
“Making false statements to the federal government is a crime; concealing information and obstructing government investigations is also a crime.” Daucas wrote. “New York has participated in a conspiracy to defraud the United States and its institutions, and may obstruct justice and other crimes.” ◇
Editor in charge: Li Yue
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