“Placing the blame squarely on the staff who care for our grandparents — when the state knowingly created COVID hotspots by forcing homes to accept COVID-positive patients — is a slap in the face to those who lost a loved one. Even a cursory review of ADMA’s dire warning to New York State makes it clear what really contributed to New York’s horrific death toll,” Reed said.In a response to Monday’s press conference, Stephen Hanse, the President of the NYS Health Facilities Association and the NYS Center for Assisted Living, said: “At the onset of the COVID-19 virus, nursing homes and assisted living facilities were not the top priority. The principal focus of policymakers was on bolstering hospital resources and ramping up hospital bed capacity. This strategy included the Department of Health’s March 25th Advisory… As we learn more about the COVID-19 virus every day, policymakers now know that the men and women residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are the most at risk to infection from the COVID-19 virus…”Several Republicans continue to call for an independent investigation into the coronavirus in nursing homes. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PixabayWASHINGTON — A new State Department of Health report Monday that examined the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes, is just a way for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to dodge responsibility for nursing home deaths, according to Rep. Tom Reed.Reed, who has been calling for an independent investigation into the deaths of thousands of New York nursing home residents, blasted Cuomo.“This is a blatant attempt by Governor Cuomo to sidestep an ounce of accountability,” Reed said. “As we’ve said all along, an independent investigation is needed to fully evaluate the impact of New York’s disastrous nursing home policies. Justice is not served when the individuals who were responsible for the state’s deadly edicts are reviewing their own conduct.”The report found that more than 37,000 nursing home workers were infected with the Coronavirus between March to early June. That accounts to about one in four nursing home staff. “The correlation is between what happened between community-wide infection and staff infection were the more prevalent reasons why there were fatalities in nursing homes. But it was not because of a directive on March 25,” said Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling. That order required nursing homes to re-admit COVID positive patients unless they could not provide adequate care.“The March 25 guidance was not the driving factor in nursing home deaths,” NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said.However, Reed places theWNYNewsNow File Image.blame squarely on Cuomo and his administration.
Celebrate 25 Years of Blue Ridge Outdoors during the TrailMix Virtual Musical Festival Thursday July 30, 2020 – Tune in HERE Click here to order yourself a TrailMix Virtual Festival Poster! Friday, July 31, 2020 – Tune in HERE 3:30 PM Deau Eyes4:10 PM Andrew Alli & Josh Small5:00 PM Velvet Kove5:30 PM Erin Lunsford6:05 PM The Mighty Pines7:00 PM Leftover Salmon7:35 PM Kendall Street Company Cheers to 25 years! The festival, sponsored by Starr Hill Brewery, features a lineup of amazing musicians including Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Judy Chops, The Mighty Pines, Kendall Street Company, Sally Rose, Erin Lunsford, Deau Eyes, Andrew Alli & Josh Small, Velvet Kove, Jacob Ritter & Graham Stone Music, and Genna Matthew Music. Schedule 3:30 PM Genna Matthew4:20 PM Sally Rose4:55 PM The Judy Chops5:55 PM The Infamous Stringdusters7:00 PM Yonder Mountain String Band7:55 PM Jacob Ritter & Graham Stone Life is hard right now, but there’s still plenty of joy to be found. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating 25 years of sports, health, adventure and the amazing outdoor experiences we are lucky enough to have at our fingertips right here in the blue ridge. Why celebrate with a virtual music festival? When the pandemic hit back in the spring, Blue Ridge Outdoors began hosting Friday TrailMix Live shows in the hopes of lifting the spirits of our readers. So, to celebrate 25 years in print we thought there was nothing better than hosting one big festival right before our anniversary issue releases next week. For 25 years Blue Ridge Outdoors has been bringing you everything you need to know about sports, health, and adventure travel in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Help us celebrate this momentous anniversary by joining us for an epic two days of amazing music during the TrailMix Virtual Festival taking place on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31. Grab a beer, hang a hammock, and tune in for two days of incredible music. RSVP here. Comment during the two day festival for a chance to win a sweet Ramble On swag bag from Starr Hill Brewery, stuffed with goodies, shirts, hat, sweatshirt, and more!