On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) stated that New York state’s decision to send coronavirus-positive patients into nursing homes “cost a lot of lives” and “it would be very helpful” to those who lost loved ones if New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) admitted more about mistakes that he made.
Kim said, “I was absolutely shocked that the state of New York sent so many people back to nursing homes, when nursing homes aren’t hospitals. These are COVID-positive patients that should have been treated at hospitals or other facilities that were equipped to take them in. And everyone was shocked at that time, and many of us pushed back, wrote letters to the Department of Health, and asked them to stop the policy and transfer those patients out. And other states who actually initially put in those orders, scaled back immediately, recognizing the mistakes that they made, but it took us about two months to recognize that error, and it cost a lot of lives in that time period.”