August 17, 2020

USA: NY Health Commissioner Won’t Provide Number of Elderly Moved From Nursing Homes To Die In Hospitals From Covid19. Voices For Seniors Rallies Outside of Manhattan Nursing Home.

Gateway Pundit
written by Joe Hoft
Tuesday August 4, 2020

Back in May we reported that New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD and Executive Deputy Commissioner Sally Dreslin Have Coronavirus Blood on Their Hands.

Their actions led to thousands of deaths in New York state.

Back in May we reported that New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD and Executive Deputy Commissioner Sally Dreslin Have Coronavirus Blood on Their Hands.
Their actions led to thousands of deaths in New York state.
During this global health emergency, all NHs [nursing homes] must comply with the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals to NHs.
No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.
Yaacov goes on to note:
In 2018, as Governor Andrew Cuomo faced a challenge to his reelection bid in the New York State Democratic primary, he got a last minute $1m cash infusion from the General New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)—a powerful NY healthcare industry group. On April 2, 2020, he repaid the favor when he quietly signed legislation shielding hospital and nursing home executives from any lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The clauses, inserted into the annual budget bill by Cuomo, gave blanket immunity protections for healthcare industry executive and administrators, the same individuals and institutions that have made a fortune moving sick Covid-19 patients to nursing homes.
The GNYHA gave to the Democrats an unheard of $3 million in the 2018 election cycle. Of this, Cuomo and his state party committee received close to $2.3m from various hospitals and nursing home industry donors. Governor Cuomo returned the favor with his directive forcing COVID-19 patients back into elderly homes. This directive provided a massive increase in revenues to organizations associated with the GNYHA who were paid handsomely for COVID patients. It was a bananza for these entities.

The problem is the elderly in these nursing homes spread the disease and died. They died at the worst rate in the country and the world.

The Gateway Pundit reported numerous times that the mortality rates for the China coronavirus are not much worse than a bad flu season across the US with the exception of New York and New Jersey. The death rates in these areas are way above the rest of the country and the world for that matter. It is clear that Governor Cuomo’s policies in New York led to the massive number of deaths in the state.

Yesterday New York Department of Health Commissioner Zucker was interviewed in front of the New York Senate and Assembly. He and Governor Cuomo were again given a pass.

Per our source who asked to remain anonymous:

SIX different legislative committees were involved yesterday in investigating the cause of New York’s massive mortality rate related to the coronavirus: Health (S &A), Aging (S&A) and Assembly Standing Committee on Oversight, Analysis & Investigation and the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations & Government Operations, but it wasn’t a serious investigation. Zucker answered about two hours of questions by Committee members. The Committee co-chair at that point, FORGOT to swear him in and had to stop and swear him – AFTER he began testimony – in about three- four minutes into his testimony!

Zucker stated (twice) that the Greater New York Hospital Association had nothing to do with the creation of bill text which gave New York State hospitals and nursing homes virtual immunity, including with both Covid and non-Covid patients, retroactive to March 7, 2020. This was passed on April 3, 2020 by Governor Cuomo. Assembly Member Biaggia pointed out to him that the GNYHA placed on its own website a statement that boasted that it had helped write the language for this bill, which Cuomo signed into law the very next day on April 3rd. She stated this GNYHA statement has since been erased from the internet. (link to post here) Zucker stated, at a second point in the hearings, that the GNYHA had nothing to do with that legislation.

Zucker claimed to not have the data as to how many Covid-19 infected people, who were transferred to hospitals from nursing homes, died in those hospitals!

Zucker asked to have more time to get this data accurately assembled. He was asked this question five or six times. He was asked if he knew New York state was the only state which did not gather this data. He refused to acknowledge that fact. Each time, he stated he needed to have time to gather the accurate data, he did not have the data for the Committee members today. He would not answer the question as to why New York state is THE ONLY state which is not gathering this data, which gives New York state the appearance of having a much lower rate of Covid-19 nursing home deaths than ALL other states. He couldn’t answer adequately.

Members accurately pointed out that he had the data for COVID-19 transfers from hospitals to nursing homes (as issue in the recent, July 6th report put out by the New York state DOH) …but did not have the reverse data: how many people were transferred FROM New York state nursing homes to New York state hospitals and who then died (here is that July 6 report).

Zucker claimed to not know that the New York state DOH website had removed the March 25th mandate shown above, while stating at a different point in the hearing that this March 25th order is still in place! It was apparently never revoked.

Zucker CONTINUED to lay the blame for New York’s large nursing home Covid-19 infections and deaths on not only on the federal government, but also on staff infections and UPON FAMILIES!

Overall, it looks like the Democrats in New York are giving Zucker and Cuomo a pass. The federal government really needs to step in. Thousands died due to New York’s insane coronavirus policies and now they are hiding the numbers.

I'm not able to share the video from the Spectrum News NY1 article below. Protesters were interviewed. Please click the article link to watch and listen to their grievances. (emphasis mine)
Spectrum News NY1
written by Alyssa Paolicelli
Saturday August 15, 2020

Aida Pabey and her siblings say they can't sleep at night thinking about their 72-year-old mother's final moments at the Isabella Geriatric Center.

Elba Pabey died on April 6, a few weeks after the state banned visitors to nursing homes.

When the sisters got the call that their mother wasn't going to make it, they rushed to the facility.

Haydee Pabey, an NYPD detective, was able to get inside to see their dying mother.

"I told her a dozen times how much I loved her and she was the best mother in the world and then they kicked me out of her room," said Pabey.

Elba passed away a few hours later.

Saturday, the Pabey family was joined by others who've experience similar heartbreaks with their loved ones staying in nursing homes or rehab centers during the pandemic.

They call themselves Voices for Seniors. The group hosted a rally outside Isabella Geriatric Center to remember those who died as a result of COVID-19 and demand accountability for the center allegedly underreporting deaths and failing to take proper safety measures.

"It started off as more of a grief page and we just continued to speak about what more can we do," said Alexa Rivera, one of the co-founders of the group.

Sisters Alexa Rivera and Vivian Zayas founded the Facebook group after their mother died in a facility on Long Island.

It has since grown to thousands of members advocating for more transparency with what protocols nursing homes took to stop the spread of the virus.

Over the last several months they have been rallying outside of facilities they say are under reporting the number of COVID-19 related deaths.

"We are attaching a number with a face and a family," added Vivian Zayas.

Voices for Seniors say, as of August 2, Isabella Geriatric Center had 179 residents die as a result of the coronavirus.

According to state records, there is a total of 68 confirmed and presumed COVID realted deaths.

The state is not including the number of nursing home residents who were transferred to a hospital and died there.

"There are so many other families that are going through this and have the trauma that we went through. We know we are not alone, but we can't let this happen," said Pabey.

A spokesperson for Isabella said they are continuing to follow state and federal guidelines for infection control and reporting.

Voices For Seniors say they will continue to hold their rallies until someone is held responsible for what they believe were preventable deaths of their loved ones.

MSNBC published June 22, 2020: Cuomo: Placing Blame On His Office For Nursing Home Deaths Is A ‘Charade’. Watch New York Governor Andrew Cuomo join Stephanie Ruhle as New York City, once the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, starts Phase 2 of its reopening today. Aired on 06/22/2020.

Jessica Zoe published April 21, 2020: Cuomo official says COVID patients readmitted to nursing homes. Governor Andrew Cuomo's health official said that coronavirus patients are being readmitted to nursing homes in New York under supervision.
Healthy FAMILY members of the elderly patients in nursing homes are NOT ALLOWED to visit them. However, people INFECTED WITH COVID19 were sent to live in nursing homes. Family members were not even allowed to take their healthy elderly parents, or grandparents home because they were under a FORCED QUARANTINE ORDER. This is murder of our most vulnerable. (emphasis mine)
UPDATE 8/18/20 at 2:50pm: Added video below.

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