Today was a sort of macabre milestone. For the first time in weeks New York did not have one of the highest totals in COVID-19 deaths in the country.
Rather than high hundreds or even more than a thousand deaths only 41 New Yorkers perished from the COVID-19 virus.
And this had a profound effect on the total deaths for the country.
The 750 nationwide deaths was the least since March 29th. And just like that we can see that New York was sort of the COVID-19 epidemic all by itself. And if you realize that the numbers for New Jersey and Connecticut are essentially just the suburbs for New York City it becomes even more apparent that the rest of the country just isn’t in the same category of emergency as New York City is.
So what has happened to slow the onslaught of the disease? Well, apparently New York has finally killed off all their vulnerable elderly. And the horrible part about that is the fact that it was mandated by the state. As spelled out on the attached document whenever a nursing home patient was sent to a hospital with COVID-19 disease the nursing home was required to re-admit that patient as soon as the hospital had stabilized the patient. Which of course means that nursing homes would have to accept infected patients back into their population along with their uninfected patients. Knowing that patients over eighty are the most vulnerable to this disease the state basically played Russian roulette with all the nursing home patients. And over time an enormous number of them died because of it.
When this fact was brought to the attention of Governor Cuomo he was unaware of it but his Health Commissioner confirmed it to him at a news conference. Too bad he didn’t pay more attention to his actual epidemic strategy and less time worrying about his brother Fredo play acting victim on a part time basis in his basement. If instead of locking down the working age population and destroying the economy he had quarantined the healthy nursing home patients and treated the sick ones in hospitals he might have spared tens of thousands of lives and still had an economy to work with. Mario Cuomo didn’t seem to hit the IQ lottery with his two boys.