The latter portion in New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s term of office has been rife with controversy, bringing national scorn to our gleaming, polished Big Apple. Of late, Governor Cuomo is drawing still more ire over the nursing home residents’ deaths scandal, as a result of under-reported COVID-19 mortality statistics.
When the COVID-19 nursing home patients’ death rate reached 15,000, Governor Cuomo injected his ill-thought out remedy of signing a disorder by Executive Order—a la Biden—that would purportedly protect and reverse previous disingenuous missteps. How? By passing Executive Order 202.73 and subsequent modification (E.O. 202.30 and 202.40), which required testing all nursing home employees at least twice per week, as directed by the Commissioner of Health, and under the governor’s direction. This medical decree would now help save nursing home patients from the deadly SARS-CoV-2 to which employees had been exposed.
Almost adding insult to egregious injury, on June 10, 2021, the New York State Department of Health sent a “Dear Administrator Letter” (DAL) – NH-21-13, notifying nursing homes of an exemption for COVID-19 vaccinated employees from the mandated and routine bi-weekly COVID-19 testing, under a revised and signed Executive Order (“E.O.”), #202.88.
These signs of confusion come in the middle of the medical community’s gradual shift in thinking about the COVID-19 virus killer not posing as imminent a threat to relatively healthy employees who are infected. The fact remains that there is high risk in a fragile and health-vulnerable population as nursing home elderly individuals. Nursing home patients are defined given general comorbidities requiring skilled nursing care.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Nursing home residents are at high risk for infection, serious illness, and death from COVID-19. Testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in respiratory specimens detects current infections (referred to here as viral testing) among residents in nursing homes.” Bi-weekly employee testing has proven to be an excellent and logical means of prevention and control to save the elderly population in nursing homes from community exposure.
In the past three months, however, at least one nursing home facility in Brooklyn, NY has recorded 123 employees who have been infected with COVID-19, of whom 37 were fully vaccinated. Of these 123 infected employees, 100% have been asymptomatic.
Therefore, 37 of the 123, or 30%, were fully vaccinated at the time of infection. Most telling is that all 123 employees were infected regardless of vaccination or non-vaccination. What this reveals is the high percentage index of those infected who, together with the occurrence of COVID-19 infection, CAN transmit the disease to vulnerable nursing home residents. This revelation offers stark contrast to multitude false claims to the contrary.
New York State epidemiologists are justified in calling for all employees to be tested. It is, indeed, a matter of life or death, as well as a move towards truly protecting our fragile and elderly community.
Democrat Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s egotistical and flagrant one-sided political agenda has failed to evaluate the cause and effect of such a dreadful decision. His original intent was to increase the New York State’s healthcare worker’s poor vaccination numbers. His licentious actions have been viewed as pandering to unionized workers who already have been disenfranchised and distrusting of the government system, whereby minority Latinos and Blacks are traditionally the target of experimental vaccinations.
The unveiled picture has exposed an ugly policy of slyly urging unvaccinated employees towards vaccinations, and avoiding the what some consider to be a disruptive process of bi-weekly testing.
Nevertheless, while increasing his numbers may cause his tarnished political image to improve by reporting better numbers for his state, Cuomo will do this at the expense of the ill and vulnerable. By allowing untested COVID-19 positive employees to roam the rooms of patients (as the 30% in our example), he will be causing the death of even more vulnerable residents. It is time for America to say, “¡Ya! ¡Basta!” Stop the Democrat Politics of Death.
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About the author: Rey Torres was born and raised in the US Territory of Puerto Rico and moved later to New York, where he has lived for many years. He is a lifelong Conservative, National Chairman for LEXIT USA, and National Treasurer for the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. He is a Healthcare Administrator, and a dedicated Bible Theology and Christian Education Instructor in New York for over thirty years.
Growing up in Puerto Rico, “hard work” was a way of life. He watched his mother work very hard to provide for their family; these formattable years, though very humble, sowed seeds of diligence and determination. Rey is an apologist and author, publishing papers such as “Quantum God: The logical implications of Quantum Mechanics and the existence of God,” a persuasive document using scientific reasoning to prove the existence of God. In addition, Rey is also a professional musician, a recording artist, and a writer for many Christian artists as Sound of Praise Ministries, Yadira Coradín, Michael Rodriguez, Josue Sánchez, Angel Maldonado, and his wife, Mairén Torres. An ex-minister, Rey, and his wife Mairén are devoted Evangelical Christians, active with local community outreach events, international missions, and at their local congregation.