New York City Councilman Joseph Borelli told FOX News there are now bipartisan calls for an investigation of Governor Cuomo’s controversial order on March 25 that required nursing homes to accept or re-admit all COVID-19 positive patients.
Borelli said that elected officials should be given some “leeway” in making hard decisions during difficult circumstances, but he added:
“You don’t have to be an epidemiologist to realize that this was going to be a problem.”
Cuomo reversed that order on May 17 while also announcing that staff at all skilled nursing facilities would have to be tested twice weekly for the virus. He also said tests would be guaranteed for all facility employees across the state.
“Unfortunately this is a case of too little, too late because the virus has become so widespread throughout these facilities,” said John Dalli, a partner in elder-abuse law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP.
He added that he appreciates the goals around testing, but the reality may prove to be challenging.
“Elder care aides often work in more than one facility. They also sometimes work in private homes to supplement their income because they’re so underpaid,” Dalli said. “Tracking these aides to test twice a week to ensure they’re virus-free will be very difficult.”
Councilman Borelli shared his views on “FOX & Friends First” on FOX News on May 18.
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