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Saturday, April 25, 2020

At the epicenter of the outbreak, New York issued a strict new rule last month: Nursing homes must readmit residents sent to hospitals with the coronavirus and accept new patients as long as they are deemed "medically stable." California and New Jersey have also said that nursing homes should take in such patients.

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They'll have to be kept away from from the healthy. :(

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2020-04-25 07:27 PM | Reply

I wrote this yesterday in another thread:

I think this is the dirty little secret as to why more hospital beds weren't needed in NY state:

"Nursing Homes in Some States Told to Take Patients Infected With Coronavirus

States are increasingly turning to nursing homes to relieve the burden on hospitals and take in Covid-19 patients considered stable enough to be released. "

I can't believe in NY state Cuomo is forcing nursing homes to take COVID patients, instead of sending them to hospitals or nursing homes designated for COVID patients. This is a regrettable and preventable mistake that I can't believe Cuomo is making and for which he needs to be held accountable. How does this make sense?:

An NYC nursing home forced to take coronavirus patients was also sent a supply of body bags for when they died
www.businessinsider.com

I hope reporters start asking about this fatally (quite literally) flawed plan and the reasoning (such as it is) behind it.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-26 10:36 AM | Reply

John Stubits, 96, a former civil engineer, was sent by a Michigan memory care center to a nearby hospital on March 30, where he tested positive for the virus. He briefly improved, and the hospital searched for somewhere to discharge him, according to his daughter, Eva Stubits. His previous residence would not accept him unless he tested negative for the infection; no other home in the state would take him.

This tracks with the experience my friend had with his mother who recently died from Covid at 101. She was sent from her assisted living center to the hospital with the illness. After a few days they said she was stable, and they wanted to send her to a nursing home. One in state was located that would take her but before she could be re-located there, she took a turn for the worse. After a few days on oxygen, they once again said she was stable enough to go to a nursing home with hospice support, but the nursing home that was originally going to take her no longer had any beds so they began searching for a new nursing home. None was immediately found, and she once again took a turn for the worse and passed away a few days later.

Something is very wrong with a system that is trying to send frail elderly Covid patients back to nursing homes that house frail elderly non-Covid patients, instead of quarantining them in Covid only facilities, be they hospitals or nursing homes. There is something very wrong with a healthcare system that is sticking to the "push them out as quickly as possible" so-called medical model and with the govt agencies that aren't taking necessary steps to contain the virus in Covid-only facilities. Why didn't Cuomo, for example, use the USS Comfort to house these dying elderly Covid patients? I've generally been supportive of how Cuomo has been handling this pandemic, but I think this is one vital area where he has dropped, and is continuing to drop, the ball.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-26 10:57 AM | Reply

Cuomo is being criticized for this policy by fellow Democrats:

Gov. Cuomo says it's not our job' to provide PPE to nursing homes

During Wednesday's online meeting of the City Council, Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) said he favored having "other places for isolation outside of the nursing home setting" for residents with the coronavirus, to prevent introduction of the deadly disease "if it is not already there."

"So we need to set up dormitories or hotels that could just be for people who were in nursing homes where we could still provide the medical services and attention that would be needed," he said.

City Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) demanded that surplus hospital beds be used to help alleviate the crisis.

"Saying you have these empty beds that everyone keeps talking about and meanwhile have nursing home residents who are dying, getting sick and severe staff shortage inside many nursing homes," he asked. "Why not transport sick nursing home residents there?


nypost.com

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-26 11:23 AM | Reply

I can't believe in NY state Cuomo is forcing nursing homes to take COVID patients, instead of sending them to hospitals or nursing homes designated for COVID patients. This is a regrettable and preventable mistake that I can't believe Cuomo is making and for which he needs to be held accountable. How does this make sense?:

#2 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

I was going to ask where you thought they should go, instead. But you provided the answer. Logically, I think Cuomo is probably suggesting that those nursing homes create isolated sections for just such residents.

Nursing homes have been sucking retirement funds dry for decades. They can afford to do this.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-04-26 02:13 PM | Reply

"I've generally been supportive of how Cuomo has been handling this pandemic
#3 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY"

Why? Seriously. New York has done just about everything bassackwards which is why they have had so many deaths. Nursing homes are 20%+ of all covid deaths in New York driven in large part by minimum wage nursing care aids going to patient to patient and spreading the virus. Forcing care facilities completed unequipped to do this from a facility and staffing perspective is killing people. Further, the subways in New York are still running. Not only does this encourage people to ignore the stay at home orders, but it is about the most effective means of spreading the virus outside of letting someone directly sneeze into your mouth. Meanwhile, Cuomo has constantly misjudged the curve and how many beds and respirators he needs despite 90% of those being put on vents dying regardless. Cuomo can only look good compared with the active undermining of the public by guys like DeBlasio.

#6 | Posted by centerwing at 2020-04-27 12:38 AM | Reply

So many sock puppets, so little time...

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-04-27 12:53 AM | Reply

"Why? Seriously. New York has done just about everything bassackwards which is why they have had so many deaths. "

So full of crap.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-27 08:17 AM | Reply

"So full of crap.
#8 | POSTED BY DANNI"

So keeping the subway open was the correct move? Please, defend it.

#9 | Posted by centerwing at 2020-04-27 09:46 AM | Reply

A majority of people in NYC don't own cars. In order for essentials workers to get to their jobs many need to ride on the subway.

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-27 04:14 PM | Reply

"In order for essentials workers to get to their jobs many need to ride on the subway.
#10 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY"

Look at any picture of the subway. Those are not packed with essential workers. Further, they cut the service schedule so less trains were running which defeats social distancing by cramming them all in the same small space. Last, they more or less enabled the homeless population to ride all day allowing them to spread the disease. This was a horrible decision and a horrible implementation and it killed people as a result.

#11 | Posted by centerwing at 2020-04-27 10:09 PM | Reply

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