New York Governor Releases Report to Show His Nursing Home Admissions Policy Not Linked to Increased Nursing Homes Deaths

We have previously discussed the heightened criticism of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to that criticism, on, New York Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker released a report on July 6, 2020 by the New York State Department of Health entitled, “Factors Associated with Nursing Home Infections and Fatalities in New York State During the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis.” The full report is available here. The report states the March 25 admission policy…
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New York Reduces Testing Requirement for Many Nursing Homes to Once a Week

We recently wrote about how there has been criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Administration’s handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 10, 2020, in response to that criticism, Gov. Cuomo issued executive Order EO202.30 which required all nursing homes in the state to test all of its staff twice a week and report any positive results to the Commissioner of Health. The May 10 Executive Order is available to view here. The Administration is now partially reversing that order after new…
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New York’s Governor Cuomo Criticized for Handling of Nursing Homes During Pandemic

This week, New York State reported almost 5,000 nursing home residents in the state have died from COVID-19 since March 1. New figures released reported that more than 2,300 nursing home residents have died and another 2,500 are presumed to have died from the virus. The data regarding COVID-19 fatalities from New York State is available here. The amount of deaths is reportedly five times the number deaths related to the virus in all of Washington State. As expected, Governor Cuomo, who has been…
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New York’s Emergency Disaster Treatment Protection Act Provides Broad Immunity for Hospitals and Nursing Homes Related to Treatment of COVID-19 Patients and Other Residents

On March 25, 2020, New York’s Department of Health issued an Advisory to nursing home administrators, hospital discharge planners and others regarding nursing homes pertaining to the expedited receipt of residents returning to nursing homes from hospitals. The Advisory prohibited nursing homes in New York from denying admission or re-admission to a resident based upon a confirmed or suspected positive COVID-19 diagnosis. The full text of the Advisory is available here. The Advisory was of great concern to nursing home administrators and owners, who were…
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