Cuomo says New York followed federal guidelines when sending coronavirus patients to nursing homes

Posted Saturday, 23 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office deflected questions about a report from The Associated Press that the state sent more than 4,500 patients recovering from coronavirus to nursing homes by saying they followed guidance from federal agencies."I just want to reiterate once again that the policy that the Department of Health put out was in line directly with the March 13 directive put out by (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) that read, and I quote, 'Nursing homes should admit any individuals from hospitals where Covid is present,'" said Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa on Saturday during a briefing. "Not could, should ... that is President (Donald) Trump's CMS and CDC."Cuomo, a Democrat, said later in the briefing that he was trying to depoliticize the issue by saying, "New York followed the President's agency's guidance, so that de-politicizes it. What New York did was follow what the Republican administration said to do."So don't criticize this state for following the President's policy."The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a memorandum on March 13 stating, in part, "Nursing homes should admit any individuals that they would normally admit to their facility, including individuals from hospitals where a case of COVID-19 was/is present."New York's Department of Health issued a statement Friday saying it was still compiling its data and followed the guidelines from CMS about nursing homes admitting people who had Covid-19.A March 25 order by the state's Department of Health mandated that nursing homes must not deny readmission or admission to people "solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19." Cuomo announced a new policy on May 10, saying a hospital cannot discharge a person who is Covid positive to a nursing home.As of March 22, at least 5,700 in New York nursing homes were confirmed or presumed dead due to Covid-19, according to data from the state's health department. The data does not break out the number of coronavirus patients who entered nursing homes following Cuomo's order.As of Saturday afternoon, New York had at least 358,154 positive coronavirus cases and at least 28,853 deaths, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.CNN's Melanie Schuman, Mark Morales, Mima Alsharif, Rob Frehse and Kristina Sgueglia contributed to this report.

Other articles published by CNN

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program "The Dean Obeidallah Show" and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @DeanObeidallah. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Tom Brady welcomed Eli Manning to the Twitterverse this weekend by engaging him in a classic social media roast.Manning, a former New York Giants quarterback, got burned by Brady, a fellow star quarterback, after posting his first tweet on...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)On Friday morning, Joe Biden said something dumb -- and offensive."Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," Biden told Charlemagne tha God in a radio interview for "The Breakfast ...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author; view more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)On this somber Memorial Day weekend, ...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the state will take steps toward reopening this week even as the battle against the coronavirus continues.Though daily deaths in the state went above 100 again on Saturday, the overall numbers in the...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

We are publishing personal essays from CNN's global staff as they live and cover the story of Covid-19. Chris Cillizza is a CNN Politics reporter and Editor-at-Large in Washington, DC. (CNN)When our country  -- and the world  --  started to shut...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Washington (CNN)Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Sunday said wearing a mask "is not about politics," as the country reopens and the number of coronavirus deaths nears 100,000 in the US."This is not about politics, this is not about whether you're...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Former Florida US Rep. Allen West is in the hospital after he was injured in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, according to a series of posts on his verified social media accounts. West is in stable condition, a post on his Facebook page said...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)The Class of 2020 is graduating at a strange time, with ceremonies canceled across the country and many going virtual.But at one Chick-fil-A in San Antonio, Texas, store employees got creative to celebrate their school graduates.In an outdoor...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Several sex workers interviewed for this story spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of legal repercussion and social stigma. (CNN)Don't kiss. Tell clients to wash their hands before they touch you. Wear a mask. Avoid face-to-face...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)There's a new reality show from the Kardashian/Jenner family, but it has a twist. The series, titled "Kirby Jenner," premieres Monday on Quibi. The show centers around a 24-year-old performance artist who has risen to fame over the past five years...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

New York (CNN)With travelers staying close to home and airports turned into virtual ghost towns, rental car companies have taken a huge hit during the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday Hertz, which also operates the Dollar and Thrifty agencies, declared...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Video posted by a reporter shows partiers crowded together in a pool at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri this Memorial Day weekend.Scott Pasmore, an anchor for CNN affiliate KTVK, shot the video on Saturday.The gathering violates social distancing...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

Jerusalem (CNN)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Jerusalem's District Court on Sunday, denouncing the charges against him as his trial on corruption charges got underway. In three cases outlining separate allegations of wrongdoing, the ...

Posted Sunday, 24 May 2020 ‐ CNN

(CNN)White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said Sunday that there is "clear scientific evidence" that masks work -- adding that she assumes President Donald Trump is able to keep six feet of distance "in a majority of cases" when...