California

Reps seek probe into Newsom handling of COVID nursing home deaths

Members of the U.S. House Oversight Committee announced Thursday announced their push to probe into the decisions by five Democratic governors for decision to mandate nursing homes to take untested, if not COVID-19 positive, patients during the pandemic.

One on the list? California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“The five Democratic governors, most of the leading Trump administration antagonists in some of the blue states where the coronavirus caused the most infections and deaths in the U.S., received letters, Newsmax reported:

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

“We write to you seeking information, at a granular level, about the science and information used to inform your decision to mandate nursing homes and long-term care facilities admit untested and contagious COVID-19 patients from hospitals,” the letter to the Newsom administration read. “This decision likely contributed to the thousands of elderly deaths in California.”

Last April, the California Globe reported the California Department of Public Health was suspending nursing home relegations to allow for COVID-19 patients to be “discharged to a Skilled Nursing Facility when clinically indicated.”

This directive was ordered despite too many stories about nursing home infections, deaths surge amid lockdown measures.

Following deadly COVID outbreaks in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities, they were under a strict lockdown, and not even allowing spouses and family to visit elderly loved ones.

California Globe contacted the Department of Public Health and asked “Is the CDPH suspending the very regulations that keep patients safe from abuse and incompetence” and “Does this mean COVID-19 patients may be sent to nursing facilities?”

The response from the public health department included links to more directives.

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