If there is one thing that you can count on as it pertains to the government it is that they will always find a way to lie to you.
Even if telling you the truth somehow benefits them more, they will lie. It’s just one of those things that they do.
Now, never mind the fact that some of the time they lie about relatively innocent things and nobody calls them on it. It is when they cross the threshold into talking about things that are serious that we cannot tolerate them lying to us one minute longer.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Health Department understated the number of New Yorkers who died in nursing homes during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic by more than 50 percent as the facilities struggled to properly isolate and treat residents amid a state order they not turn away COVID-19 patients.
The bombshell finding was contained in a new 76-page report released Thursday by state Attorney General Letitia James, which found that mismanagement and long-standing problems in the private care business turned nursing homes into COVID death traps.
The article goes on to state the following:
“As the pandemic and our investigations continue, it is imperative that we understand why the residents of nursing homes in New York unnecessarily suffered at such an alarming rate,” said Attorney General James in a statement.
James shared the result on Twitter Thursday morning, tweeting, “My office is releasing a report on our ongoing investigations into nursing homes’ response to #COVID19 in New York. We have been investigating allegations of patient neglect and other concerning conduct that may have jeopardized the health and safety of residents and employees.”
- The NY Health Department’s public data undercounted COVID-19 deaths in some nursing homes by as much as 50%
- Some nursing homes failed to comply with infection control protocols
- Facilities with lower staffing ratings had higher #COVID19 fatality rates
- Insufficient PPE and testing for nursing home staff put residents and staff at increased risk
- Owners of for-profit nursing homes have a financial incentive to increase their own profits instead of investing in more staff, PPE, and other safety measures
James said, “Based on these findings, we are still investigating more than 20 nursing homes whose conduct during the first wave was of particular concern.”