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U.S. will not investigate nursing home deaths in New York, two other states -letter

Reuters
Reuters
 2021-07-25

WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into nursing homes in New York and two other states regarding their COVID-19 response, dealing a blow to several Republican lawmakers who had demanded a probe.

One underlying issue is whether three states with Democratic governors - New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania - inadvertently added to the coronavirus death toll in the early stages of the pandemic by allowing nursing homes to take in residents who had been hospitalized for COVID-19.

In a letter released late on Friday by the office of U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, the Justice Department said it had reviewed information provided by the states and, based on that data, it was not opening a civil rights investigation into "any public nursing facility within New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan at this time."

The department noted that two other investigations, into a pair of nursing homes in New Jersey, remain ongoing.

Nursing homes across the United States took in COVID-19 patients in the early weeks of the outbreak, a move critics say spread the sometimes fatal respiratory virus among some of the country's most vulnerable at a time when there was no vaccine.

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People hold a memorial and a candlelight vigil honoring those that have died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in nursing homes one year after the March 25, 2020 executive order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in which nursing homes in New York state were forced to take in untested patients, in Foley Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The issue dogged New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in particular and helped spark a reassessment of his legacy. In the early stages of the pandemic, Cuomo's daily televised news briefings made him a national figure in the fight against COVID-19. But he eventually battled allegations, including from New York state's attorney general, that his office had significantly undercounted nursing home fatalities and implemented policies that may have boosted the death toll.

Cuomo's office did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Saturday.

Scalise said on Twitter that the decision not to investigate was "absolutely shameful" and that Justice Department officials were "complicit in these Democrat governors' cover ups."

His office did not immediately return a message seeking further details.

The Department of Justice did not immediately return messages.

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Patricia SI
07-24

If they were Republican governors, they would have been ripped apart by the crummy media, and Ms. Nancy, would be organizing the tribunal.

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Deborah Martin
07-24

America is becoming a Marxist country!! Not too investigate the nursing home deaths in these state and not go after the sciencetist!!! This Administration is a disaster!!!

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Uncle Draza
07-25

Of course not. If you haven't figured out the DOJ, FBI, CIA, NSA and DHS are corrupt by now...you're probably still wearing a mask while driving alone.

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