The state of New York has seen more nursing home deaths from the coronavirus than any other state, which has led to widespread criticism of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D-N.Y.) handling of the situation, as reported by Breitbart.
In the state that is the hardest-hit by the disease, Cuomo had previously advised New Yorkers to not put elderly relatives in nursing homes. However, he implemented a state directive requiring nursing homes to take in coronavirus patients, which only sped up the infection process among elderly and at-risk residents of nursing homes across the state.
Elaine Mazzotta, a nursing home worker who lost her mother to the coronavirus, described Cuomo’s decision as “totally irresponsible, negligent, and stupid,” adding that “they knew better. They shouldn’t have sent these people into nursing homes.”
New York has seen over 5,300 coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes, which is about one-fifth of the nation’s total of nursing home deaths (about 26,000). The Associated Press reports an average of 20 to 25 nursing home deaths per day in the state of New York.
The nursing home policy is the latest in a long line of criticisms for Governor Cuomo. He has previously come under fire for his decision to release thousands of prisoners across the state, which has led to an increase in the crime rate. He also significantly overestimated the amount of hospital beds and ventilators that would be needed, resulting in such equipment going largely unused.