Congressman Fred Keller joins letter to PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking for a review of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 nursing home policy

June 26, 2020
Press Release
Letter argues thousands of preventable deaths occurred due to failed state mandate

WASHINGTON – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) this week joined a letter with House Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus Republicans and the Republican members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking for a formal review of the impact of Gov. Tom Wolf’s and Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s deadly nursing home COVID-19 policy.


“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the elderly, especially those living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. On May 12, 2020, you announced that your office has been investigating several Pennsylvania nursing homes for alleged inadequacies and negligence during the coronavirus pandemic. We understand that your investigation will not cover Governor Wolf’s March 18, 2020 guidance for nursing homes to readmit COVID-19 positive residents, thereby recklessly reintroducing the disease into the most vulnerable population,” the letter states.


“Therefore, we write requesting that you formally review the impact of this deadly policy and make your findings available to the citizens of Pennsylvania and the families of those who lost loved ones as a result of this deadly policy.”


In addition, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) made the following statement:


“The COVID-19 nursing home policy instituted by Pennsylvania Health Sec. Rachel Levine with the approval of Gov. Tom Wolf has resulted in thousands of unnecessary deaths from a virus that disproportionately affects the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.


“However, instead of working to fix the problem, the Wolf administration has shifted blame and refused to change their ill-advised policy.


“It is my hope that a formal review from Pennsylvania’s chief law enforcement officer will unveil the extent of the incompetency that led to this harmful policy that has caused the devastating loss of so many Pennsylvanians.”


You can read the letter in full HERE.