In a press conference on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been under fire for skyrocketing coronavirus deaths in his state’s nursing homes, declared that the “obligation is on the nursing home” to say they can’t accept coronavirus patients.
Cuomo said he has “always followed CDC guidance.” And “I think the rule that you can’t discriminate against a COVID patient is right.”
“That doesn’t mean the nursing home has to accept a COVID-positive patient…” he added, “but because you can’t discriminate doesn’t mean you have to accept. Actually, the law is the opposite. You cannot accept a patient at a nursing home unless you can fully and adequately treat that patient. So, you can’t accept a COVID-positive patient unless you can isolate and quarantine and have the staff. Unless you can do all that, you cannot accept that person. And the obligation is on the nursing home to say, ‘I can’t take a COVID-positive person. I’m too crowded. I’m too busy. I don’t have enough PPE.’ Whatever the answer is.”
Way to pass the buck, Governor.