Monday, May 18, 2020

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

New York shipped Covid-19 patients to nursing homes. What do you think happened?  The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday:

In late March, Dottie Hickey got a call from Luxor Nursing & Rehabilitation at Mills Pond, the nursing home where her sister lived. The 79-year-old was being moved to make space for incoming hospital patients recovering from coronavirus. Ms. Hickey was told the St. James, N.Y., facility had no choice but to take in these patients under a new state policy.

Ms. Hickey said that after a few days she struggled to reach staff for updates on her sister, and after repeated calls, one employee told her why. The nursing home was overwhelmed with cases of Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Luxor Nursing & Rehabilitation had no confirmed coronavirus cases before the patients moved in, and can’t say if any arrived while still infectious, a spokesman said. But he added: Luxor “would not have accepted [the patients] without this directive.”

After mounting criticism and thousands of deaths in New York nursing homes—including several individual facilities that have lost more than 50 residents—the state on Sunday reversed the mandate, which said nursing homes couldn’t refuse to accept patients from hospitals who had been diagnosed with Covid-19. New York now says hospitals can send patients to nursing homes only if they have tested negative for the virus.

The policy before the U-turn is one of several decisions the state made that are now coming under fire, as New York’s death toll tied to nursing homes rises, to 5,398 presumed and confirmed fatalities as of May 12, more than any other state and a significant part of New York’s total deaths...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a news conference Sunday said the new policy on hospital transfers would reduce the burden on nursing homes. The original policy, issued from the department of New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, had come amid a “scramble to provide more hospital beds.”

Mr. Cuomo said the change didn’t reflect a view that the original directive was flawed, and that nursing homes should not have accepted patients they weren’t able to care for.

New York also said Sunday that it would require nursing homes to test their employees twice a week...

Nationwide, more than 28,000 coronavirus deaths have been tied to long-term care facilities, according to a Wall Street Journal tally of data reported by states...

“Our main concern was dampening the spread to our patients. The state had a different concern,” said Bill Pascocello, administrator at New York City’s Amsterdam Nursing Home. “They were looking at the total system, and the hospitals.”

The governor over the following weeks defended the March 25 policy and said repeatedly that nursing homes shouldn’t accept patients if they believed they couldn’t care for them. The directive was meant to protect those infected with coronavirus from discrimination, a state official said.

Nursing-home groups and physicians warned about the order’s potential effects. AMDA, the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, said that admitting infected patients represented a “clear and present danger” to nursing-home residents...

The state’s nursing home deaths were reported as 2,752 confirmed deaths and 2,646 presumed deaths as of May 12. The counting methodology has changed over time, causing at least one jump in documented cases, and the current total doesn’t include nursing-home residents who die in hospitals... Rest of article.
Indeed, the Journal reported on March 26:

New York told nursing-home operators that they will be required to accept patients infected with the new coronavirus who are discharged from hospitals but may be still convalescing, amid more cases in the state that are straining the health-care system....

 n the directive sent Wednesday to nursing homes, which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal, the New York State Department of Health said, “No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of Covid-19.” In addition, the document said, nursing homes “are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for Covid-19 prior to admission or readmission.”...
Kingfish note: We might kill everyone but at least we didn't discriminate!


Anonymous said...

it’s been a great way to clear out the lifetime government dole of SS and Medicaid and Medicare.

Albert Schweitzer said...

Cuomo was right, indirectly.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a news conference Sunday said the new policy on hospital transfers would reduce the burden on nursing homes.

His mandate of bringing the chinese virus infected patients into nursing homes DID reduce the burden on nursing homes. It killed many, and in some cases, most, of the nursing home residents and thereby reduced the burden on the nursing homes.

George Orwell would have loved cuomo. He is a true disaster.

Anonymous said...

I'm from the guv-ment and I'm here to help you!

Spin it Cuomo said...

To save you we have to kill you.

I doubt it said...

Fake news. Everyone knows a liberal governor in a liberal state has never made a mistake. They are too educated sophisticated and progressive to ever err as another mere mortal would.

Anonymous said...

The nursing homes should have told Cuomo to f--k off.

Sending infectious patients into confined spaces with non-infectious patients is about the dumbest f--g thing I have ever heard of and I'm a Rankin County redneck.

Anonymous said...

And next on our countdown of the Top 50 Ways To Engineer A Global Pandemic . . . .

Absolutely said...

Has Greta Thunberg made her position known on this? I need to hear from the experts.

Anonymous said...

Face it Cuomo has shown more leadership than anyone else. He's made mistakes and owned them.

Anonymous said...

ABC News, loves Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He get's more airtime than the President.
It will be interesting to see who gets reelected.👍

Anonymous said...

Greta Thurnberg says to wear masks and increase the death rate to save the planet. She believes that this pandemic is mother earth taking out the old and un-needed so that the CO2 levels are decreased.

Jim Jones showed more leadership than anyone else and he most certainly made mistakes and owned them.

Anonymous said...

Cuomo will be propped up to be the next media darling for the Democrats. They will try and thrust him into a higher position. AOC isn't working out and they need someone new in the spotlight. Mark my words, they will run hi for a higher position after touting him as "the voice" for the Kung Flu pandemic.

Anonymous said...

Hey 11:54, a mistake is buying your wife a vacuum cleaner for your anniversary. This is a galactic fuckup and criminally negligent.

Anonymous said...

Recall the early photo of China building a new facility for Covid patients only. And what do we do; dump Covid infected people into existing hospitals and nursing homes that then infect the others there plus shut down the entire business model of providing the needs of all other patients.

You can't fix stupid....

For real said...

@12:09, you should mind your manners when you speak of your superiors. That attitude combined with that language will get you a one way ticket to the education camp.

Kingfish said...

12:50: Yes, I posted an interview with a local doc who grew up in China, if you remember. He said the same thing. We were making a mistake by testing and treating in different facilities when all that did was infect the healthcare workforce.

Anonymous said...

" Greta Thunberg "

Laughing my Mississippi Redneck ass off !!

Greta Thunberg said...

@ 11:15 How dare you!

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