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Nursing home COVID-19 deaths are not the New York Democrat governor's fault, according to a new report.
A self-investigation by New York's Department of Health is blaming nursing home employees for skyrocketing deaths of elderly patients, rather than a disastrous policy by Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo forcing nursing homes to accept COVID patients.
The report claims "Most patients admitted to nursing homes from hospitals were no longer contagious when admitted and therefore were not a source of infection."
Critics have been blaming Cuomo for nearly 7,000 nursing home deaths after he and New York Health Department commissioner Howard Zucker issued a directive on March 25 declaring nursing homes can't deny admission "based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19," and that they are "prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission."
A month later in April, after skyrocketing death numbers became public, the order was deleted from the New York Department of Health's website.
The state then began reporting only half the actual numbers — around 17,000 actual deaths — by counting only deaths in nursing homes rather than residents who died after being transferred to hospitals.
Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, whose parents-in-law contracted COVID in New York nursing homes and died, is calling for an independent investigation.
Congressman Steve Scalise responded, "We won't let him get away with this."
In June, he demanded an explanation from Cuomo and other Democrat governors for high nursing home resident mortality rates.