UPDATED 11:45 AM PT – Friday, October 2, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come under fire for denying nursing homes were forced to accept COVID positive patients. In a press call Wednesday, he was asked about his March mandate, which ordered nursing homes to accept the readmission of COVID positive patients from hospitals.
According to New York’s Department of Health, more than 6,300 COVID patients were admitted to nursing home facilities. This move likely spiked the death rate in the state.
However, Cuomo has said the state never needed nursing home beds. He has suggested there were always other beds available.
“It just never happened that we needed a nursing home to take a COVID positive person,” he stated. “It never happened.”
An adviser claimed the governor was specifically referencing a shortage of hospital beds when he made the statement.
Cuomo has repeatedly been slammed over the nursing home mandate. He issued an executive order in May to ensure patients tested negative before being sent to nursing homes.