NY Nursing Homes Face Forced Inpatients

NY Nursing Homes Face Forced Inpatients

(TargetLiberty.org) – Major COVID-19 hotspots like New York and New Jersey are running out of hospital beds for recovering patients. Some states, like Massachusetts, are designating specific facilities to handle COVID patients and moving existing patients to other facilities so as to protect them from the virus. In NY, however, officials are ordering nursing homes to take patients even if they’ve tested positive for the virus, without first removing non-COVID residents.

Richard Mollot, executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, said that offloading COVID-19 patients to nursing homes where they can potentially infect the most vulnerable people “is a bad idea.” One New York doctor’s group says the decision “represents a clear and present danger to all of the residents of a nursing home.”

Several New York State elected officials sent a letter to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation expressing concern and they felt the city had misled them about how the Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center would be used. They also requested accurate numbers of residents admitted to the facility with COVID-19, how many original residents and since been infected, and how many residents died due to the virus.

Some advocates and patients are reporting two have died from COVID-19 and the virus has spread rapidly through the Roosevelt Island Coler facility. Accurate numbers have not been forthcoming from city or facility officials.

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