Gov Cuomo Says “Vulnerable People are Going to Die” No Matter What
For all New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s enthusiasm in dealing with the coronavirus, he is now facing heavy criticism from both sides as it turns out he may have caused more deaths than he saved lives.
As I’m sure you well know, Cuomo has been one of the most visual governors in the nation in his address of how to govern during this crisis. In fact, his near-daily briefings have made him the face of the coronavirus coverage and earning him much respect.
From the very start, the Democratic leader seemed to make wise decisions on how to shut down his state and prevent the spread. He even humbled himself to think outside of party lines, asking Trump for assistance on several occasions and communicating personally with the president as to how best to address the safety of his constituents.
He was also one of the first to put a significant emphasis on elderly people and nursing homes, starting on April 18 that “Nursing homes are the single biggest fear in all of this. Vulnerable people in one place, it is a feeding frenzy for this virus.” And thus, in an effort to protect what he called the “number one long-term consequence of this disease,” he shut down all visitation to nursing homes.
However, this is the same man who made the decision to force nursing homes to take in patients who had contracted the disease and were released from hospitals, regardless of what their test results said.
And since this decree, 5,433 American seniors have died in nursing homes, as of Wednesday, according to the Daily Caller. This includes 1,700 who died in hospitals after getting the virus in a nursing home and were thus not initially reported. This number is noted to be higher than the total death tolls in all but three states, New York, of course, included.
Now according to Times Union, the decision was “driven by fears that hospitals would be swamped during the pandemic and that COVID-19 patients who could be at nursing homes would occupy much-needed beds. There was also concern that if nursing homes rejected elderly residents, some could be left with nowhere to go.”
And in the early days of the pandemic, I am sure that was a legitimate concern. No one, including Cuomo, knew just how bad things would get. He didn’t know that we really wouldn’t need all the extra hospital beds requested.
However, knowingly putting infected elderly patients back into nursing homes filled with the nation’s most “vulnerable people” just doesn’t make any sense. As several people have pointed out, a better solution would have been to put them in the thousands of empty hotel rooms throughout the city.
And while he admitted to a news conference on Sunday that some “mistakes were made,’ he also noted that no matter what we do try and mitigate the effects of coronavirus on our nation, people will still die.
He said, “Despite whatever you do, because with all our progress as a society, we can’t keep everyone alive. People are going to die by this virus.” He then went on to say taut the praises of the hospital system in New York, saying that it was the best “system on the globe, I believe. Best doctors, best nurses who have responded like heroes, every medication, ventilators, the health system wants for nothing. We worked it out so we always had available beds. Nobody was deprived of a bed or medical coverage in any way.”
“Older people, vulnerable people are going to die from this virus. That is going to happen despite whatever you do… You can have a situation where everyone did the right thing and everyone tried their best, and people still die.”
And he is right. It’s what President Trump has been saying all along.
But when Trump says it, he gets accused of being insensitive, hateful, and uncaring. Cuomo, as the darling of the coronavirus treatment in America, won’t even lightly be criticized for it, even though he is using it as an excuse to cover his own mistakes.