Following NYS report on COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, Rep. Keller asks for similar report in PA

February 19, 2021
In The News

Pennsylvania Congressman Fred Keller, along with the other members of the Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation, sent a letter to State Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking for a report regarding guidance calling for COVID-19 positive patients to be admitted into long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania.

 

The call for the report came after weeks of fallout against the Cuomo Administration following a report from State AG Letitia James, saying the state undercounted COVID-19 deaths. The issue was worsened by a recent report coming out in which Governor Cuomo's top aide Melissa DeRosa said the state “froze” and withheld information about nursing home deaths following data requests from both the Department of Justice and the NYS Legislature.

 

More than 150,000 people have died from COVID-19 in New York State's nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Governor Cuomo defended New York's use of the guidance of admitted COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes, saying it was based on federal guidance from the CDC; twelve other states issues similar protocol, including Pennsylvania.

 

“Last March, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued guidance requiring nursing homes to admit COVID-positive patients. Today, more than half of the state’s COVID fatalities have occurred in nursing homes. Pennsylvanians have every right to be concerned about the effects of the Wolf Administration’s policies regarding these facilities.
“After the shocking revelation of Governor Cuomo’s failed nursing home cover-up, I join my colleagues in urging AG Shapiro to conduct a similar investigation into the policies that put Pennsylvania seniors living in long-term care facilities at risk.”