Cuomo “was being told by the epidemiologist that his hospitals were going to be overrun with Covid patients,” Parkinson said. “In hindsight, we now know that that was not the case. There was actually the capacity there; they didn’t need to be discharged to nursing homes. In hindsight, it was an error, and to Governor Cuomo’s credit, he has now reversed that policy.”
“Fortunately, we were able to convince most of the other governors across the country to not institute that policy, and I think that’s part of the reason we’re starting to see recovery.”
More than 2,300 New York nursing home and assisted facility residents have died from Covid-19, with an additional 2,500-plus presumed to have died from the virus, according to state Department of Health county-level data. There have been high tolls in other states as well.