With lingering questions about how
the novel coronavirus killed thousands of New Yorkers who lived in nursing homes, a group of state lawmakers is pushing to create an independent commission to get answers from the state Department of Health.
State Sen. Jim Tedisco, a Republican from the Schenectady suburbs, last week announced an online petition drive to build public support for such a commission. He said a pair of August hearings, convened by Democrats who control the state Assembly and Senate, didn’t produce the information needed to evaluate and adjust state policies before a predicted second wave of the virus.
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“The importance of discussing this and getting the true facts out is to understand what did and didn’t happen so we can learn from it in case this happens again,” Hammond said.
No doubt, the Health Department and the governor would like this report to be the final word on the subject.
But if it’s all the same with them, we’d still like a truly independent review.
The New York State Department of Health has concluded that an executive order requiring nursing homes to readmit coronavirus patients, issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo, was not the driving factor behind coronavirus deaths in the state’s nursing homes.