ALBANY – In a Coronavirus briefing Saturday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to criticism about his nursing home policies.
Initially 4,500 patients recovering from COVID-19 were sent to nursing homes, which later became hotbeds of infection.
As of March 22, at least 5,700 in New York nursing homes were confirmed or presumed dead due to COVID-19.
Later on May 10, Governor Cuomo reversed course, saying patients who are COVID-19 positive cannot be discharged to nursing homes.
Governor Cuomo says the state was trying to follow the best federal guidance at the time.
“New York followed the president’s agency’s guidance. So that depoliticizes it. What New York did was follow what the republican administration said to do. That’s not by attempt to politicize it. That’s my attempt to depoliticize it,” explained Cuomo. “So don’t criticize the state for following the President’s policy.”
There’s no exact data on how many Coronavirus patients entered nursing homes because of the original order.