Seema Verma, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), told Breitbart News exclusively that New York’s Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other Democrat governors originally issued guidance that contradicted federal guidelines for nursing homes battling the coronavirus pandemic.
“The guidelines they put out, or the policy they put out, is in sharp contrast to exactly what we were saying,” Verma told Breitbart News. “Many of the nursing homes—we’re seeing this in the data—many of the nursing homes were ill-equipped to address some of the requirements around infectious disease control. They were struggling in terms of isolating patients. If you have a nursing home that has several floors, maybe you can isolate patients easily. Maybe they develop a COVID-positive wing. Those were some of the things we were recommending to ensure isolation.”
“But some facilities, they’re smaller and maybe they’ve got two people sharing a room who are sharing a bathroom with two other people. Obviously, isolation in those types of situations is going to be way more difficult. That’s why you’ve got to ensure that the patients’ needs can be taken care of. In New York, what they put out is in direct conflict with the federal guidelines,” she added.
The investigative report by ProPublica referenced in the Breitbart article is a MUST READ:
Stunning— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) June 18, 2020
States that issued orders similar to Cuomo’s recorded comparably grim outcomes. Michigan lost 5% of roughly 38,000 nursing home residents. New Jersey lost 12%.
In Florida, where such transfers were barred, just 1.6% of residents died
Today, @CMSGov is encouraging states to double down on efforts to protect low income seniors & determine what resources are available, both locally & federally, to improve this disparity of health outcomes. 7/9 https://t.co/LhGfAC5MpN pic.twitter.com/Xg0jxjPW4v— Administrator Seema Verma (@SeemaCMS) June 22, 2020
As we dug into the data, we also found that race and ethnicity are far from the only story. Low socio-economic status represents a powerful predictor of complications from #COVID19. 3/9 https://t.co/LhGfAC5MpN pic.twitter.com/puebDy1STh— Administrator Seema Verma (@SeemaCMS) June 22, 2020
45 out of 50 Governors did *not* force COVID infected patients into nursing homes— Rogan O’Handley 🇺🇸 (@DC_Draino) June 22, 2020
But 5 did:
Nearly *half* of all COVID nursing home deaths were in these states
That’s not an accident
That’s systemic murder
🚨 Alarming Data 🚨— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 21, 2020
→ 40% of COVID deaths have come from nursing homes
→ 20,000 deaths were avoidable
Numbers don't lie. Cuomo does.
He violated protocol & forced COVID patients into nursing homes—now he's trying to cover up the horrific outcome.
He must be held accountable. pic.twitter.com/WLX927GPPS
Andrew Cuomo's big lie on nursing homes and The Post https://t.co/X1MJ0AsSwl— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) June 20, 2020
WATCH: NY Gov Cuomo blames the thousands of nursing homes deaths that occurred following his executive order on "Republican playing politics". 6,300 seniors died in NY nursing homes. pic.twitter.com/e5jvJGWkRj— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 22, 2020
Governor Cuomo Blames Federal Government For Deaths After He Ordered Nursing Homes To Accept Coronavirus Patients https://t.co/wNuUSMLZE9— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 23, 2020
FLORIDA: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took a swipe at Gov. Cuomo, saying that if he imposes a quarantine on Florida visitors, “just please do not quarantine any Floridians in the nursing homes in New York.” pic.twitter.com/r64jPIhRmY— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) June 21, 2020
Here's another example of a story that was reported, but - believe it or not - smothered outside the extended circles of people reading these words right now:https://t.co/onNvWcf835— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) June 22, 2020