A New York agency, which is responsible for promoting health and wellbeing, removed some of the governor’s pandemic advice from its website.
The Empire State’s Department of Health has restricted online access to a government directive from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo about how nursing homes and adult care facilities should respond to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
The correspondence between the department and nursing home administrators, directors, and hospital discharge planners advised that under no circumstances should elderly residents be refused entry, even if they are suspected of carrying the deadly disease from March 25, 2020.
“No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the nursing home (NH) solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19 [CCP Virus],” the document said according to Wayback Machine.
The department also warned facilities that they are not to test elderly residents for the CCP Virus.
“NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 [CCP Virus] prior to admission or readmission,” the correspondence said. “There is an urgent need to expand hospital capacity in New York state to be able to meet the demand for patients with COVID-19 requiring acute care. As a result, this directive is being issued to clarify expectations for NHs receiving residents returning from hospitalization and for NHs accepting new admissions.”
However, when the BL tried to access the document on the department’s current website an “access denied” error message appeared on the browser tab with a more detailed explanation below.
“We are sorry, the page that you are looking for is not found,” the website states. “This may be because: there is an error in the URL you have entered. Please double check that the URL is spelled correctly. [Or] the page you are looking for may have been moved or deleted.”
Fox News revealed the information was likely to have been removed after May 5, around the time the order was blamed for causing thousands of preventable deaths due to the virus. It understands the controversial directive is still in effect.
The governor responded to the criticism by releasing an updated order on May 10, clarifying that hospitals must not allow patients to return to nursing homes across the state unless they produce a negative test result for the virus.
His office continues to deny the governor made a mistake or “reversed” his March 25 order.
“He did not reverse or rescind anything,” Senior Communications Director Peter Ajemian said according to Fox News. “The order is still in effect. He did add a directive, this one directed at hospitals, saying they must test patients and the patients must be negative before being sent back to a nursing home and he is requiring nursing homes to test staff twice a week.”