WASHINGTON, DC- According to studies, 45% of all COVID-19 deaths occurred in nursing homes, amounting to around 75,000 deaths in such facilities across the U.S, according to The Gateway Pundit.
Now, the U.S. Department of Justice has asked for data from four states hit hard by nursing home deaths, all run by Democrat governors.
Citing an article from The Hill, Eric Drieband, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division said, “Protecting the rights of some of society’s most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country’s most important obligations.”
“We must ensure they are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk.”
The news release issued by the DOJ said that the requests were being sent to states “that issued orders which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents.”
The four states subject to the information request were New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
In the case of Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would provide the data, however claimed that it was politically motivated, and called it a “partisan stump” intended to help President Trump’s reelection bid, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Whitmer alleged the letter relied on politics more than health policy, although a number of her executive orders had little to do with science and were more about control.
“The fact that this letter was sent during the middle of the Republican National Convention week to four Democratic governors should make it crystal clear that this is nothing more than election year politics by an administration that is more concerned with the president’s re-election campaign than protecting Michigan seniors,” Whitmer said in a statement Wednesday.
“We will review this letter and respond as appropriate. However, Americans would all be better served if the Trump administration stopped the partisan games and focused on delivering a real plan to defeat COVID-19.”
Whitmer also issued a joint statement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in which they said:
“This is noting more than a transparent politicization of the Department of Justice in the middle of the Republican National Convention.
It’s no coincidence the moment the trump administration is caught weakening the CDC’s COVID-19 testing guidelines to artificially lower the number of positive cases, they launched this nakedly partisan deflection,” they wrote.
Michigan, one of the harder hit states in nursing homes reported that 8,146 nursing home residents had been infected with COVID, with 2,083 deaths, meaning 25% of nursing home patients who contracted COVID died.
Likewise, there have been 4,301 confirmed cases among nursing home staff, with 21 of those having died due to COVID-19.
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On May 20, Whitmer had issued an executive order which mandated nursing homes take “all reasonable efforts” to create separate units for residents who had COVID-19, while also requiring nursing homes to provide PPE to staff. They were also directed to not accept such patients unless they had dedicated isolation units.
Whitmer was subject to a congressional hearing in June, where members asked her why she had waited until May 20 to issue the additional directives on nursing homes.
She said that looking back, there were “probably a number of decisions we would have made some adjustment on.”
Fox News reported that according to the CDC, New York had the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the country, at 32,592, a majority of whom were elderly; that translated to the second-highest death rate by population, 1,680 deaths per million people, according to the DOJ. New Jersey had the highest death rate with 1,733 deaths per million
Just ten days before Whitmer reversed her policy, Cuomo did likewise on May 10. He has downplayed the need for an independent investigation, calling such calls “political.”
“I wouldn’t do an investigation whether or not it’s political, everybody can make that decision for themselves,” Cuomo said. “I think you’d have to be blind to realize it’s not political.”
Last week, an Associated Press report found the New York nursing home death count to be more than 6,620 people, noting that not only was that believed to be an undercount but an undercount by thousands of deaths.
Last week at the Democratic National Convention, Cuomo took a victory lap of sorts, calling his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic “beautiful” while claiming that the Trump administration had been “incompetent” in handling the crisis, KSEV 700 reported.
Further, Cuomo referred to the virus as the “European virus,” completely ignoring COVID’s origins in Wuhan, China. He accepts zero responsibility for his apparent failures in New York.
During testimony in front of New York lawmakers last week, Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, who lost both of her husband’s parents in a nursing home to COVID, Dean said that her in-laws’ health had been declining prior to being put into elder care facilities.
She said at one point she was notified that her father-in-law had been moved to a different floor in order to make room for new patients. Dean said she believed that some of those new patients were recovering from COVID.
She said days later staff had called her husband to tell him that his father was sick and had a fever. Three hours later, she said he was dead.
Days later, her mother-in-law died, also of COVID. She related how her husband had recalled that in his mother’s facility, staff were getting coffee without masks and residents were allowed to roam freely.
“Elder care homes were turned into death traps.”
Dean noted that her death was not included as a nursing home death because she died in the hospital, with Dean complaining that New York was the only state that didn’t document deaths properly.
Dean is asking for a complete outside investigation into the nursing home deaths, with full subpoena powers.
Tell that to Cuomo. He apparently thinks he did a stellar job.
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