(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo is facing a worsening crisis relating to the huge number of COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes across the state. Cuomo has won praise from both Republicans and Democrats for his handling of the crisis in New York, which was one of the first states to be seriously impacted by the Chinese virus.
Cuomo is now coming under increasing pressure, however, to answer for the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes. The governor has been slightly dismissive of efforts to talk about the fact that New York has seen the most deaths in nursing homes, citing the fact that his state was the earliest to be hit and one of the worst to be affected.
“We’ve tried everything to keep it out of a nursing home, but it’s virtually impossible,” he said last week. “Now is not the best time to put your mother in a nursing home. That is a fact,” he said.
Out of the 25,000 coronavirus-related deaths that have occurred in nursing homes across the United States, more than 20% of them, over 5,300, have occurred in New York. The Associated Press reported that the death toll is also increasing by between 20 and 25 deaths in nursing homes every day for several weeks.
The cause of the problem is understood to be an issue with testing and transparency. Healthcare experts and watchdogs, as well as New York legislators from the Republicans and Democrats, agree that officials, and the public, have been prevented from understanding the full scale of this virus and its spread as a result of that lack of testing. Elaine Mazzota, a New York resident who lost her mother to the Chinese virus while a resident in a nursing home in April, told the media that she believes the way Cuomo and the state government has handled the virus is not good enough.
“The way this has been handled by the state is totally irresponsible, negligent, and stupid,” she said. “They knew better. They shouldn’t have sent these people into nursing homes.”
One of the biggest criticisms Cuomo is facing right now is that it took several weeks for the first care home diagnoses to start being reported publicly, and to this day, the number of cases is still not being properly reported. It meant that people didn’t grasp the extent of the problem early enough.
There has also been a severe lack of testing across New York, particularly in nursing homes.
Cuomo has a lot to answer for.