Janice Dean’s sister-in-law blasts Gov. Cuomo: ‘You do not go to a nursing dwelling and die’
Fox Information senior meteorologist Janice Dean’s sister-in-law Donna Johnson, who misplaced her mother and father to COVID-19 after they have been uncovered in New York assisted residing amenities, harassed on Tuesday that folks don’t go to nursing properties to die.
“Our governor will get on TV and says such ridiculous issues,” Johnson informed “Fox & Buddies” on Tuesday. “I believe the most recent factor that has me so saddened is when he talks about nursing dwelling sufferers, he acts such as you go to a nursing dwelling and also you die, huge deal.”
“You do not go to a nursing dwelling and die. It’s individuals’s properties,” she harassed, noting that a few of the assisted residing amenities are rehabilitation facilities and other people of all ages are there.
Final month, the Washington Publish reported New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned, “Look, whether or not an individual died in a hospital or died in a nursing dwelling, it’s — the individuals died.”
“Individuals died. ‘I used to be in a hospital, I obtained transferred to a nursing dwelling, and my father died.’ ‘My father was in a nursing dwelling, obtained transferred to a hospital, my father died.’ Individuals died,” he reportedly continued.
“However who cares? 33 [percent]. 28 [percent]. Died in a hospital. Died in a nursing dwelling,” Cuomo added, in accordance with the Publish. “They died.”
Johnson informed host Brian Kilmeade that about one yr in the past, her father’s New York nursing dwelling rehabilitation facility was in lockdown as a result of coronavirus pandemic. She famous that her mom was in a separate assisted residing facility close by and the plan was for her father “to get a bit more healthy and go be part of my mother within the assisted residing.”
Johnson mentioned one afternoon her brother obtained a name that her father wasn’t feeling effectively.
“I do not consider the decision led us to consider he was in grave hazard and it was solely only a few hours later that he acquired the subsequent name that my dad had handed away,” she mentioned.
“Having COVID did not even cross our minds and we discovered that my dad had COVID when the funeral director acquired the demise certificates.”
Johnson additionally famous that shortly thereafter, her mom began to not really feel effectively and a few week later was transported to the hospital the place she examined constructive for COVID-19 and “progressively obtained worse.” Johnson mentioned her mom died within the hospital.
“The final phrases my mother mentioned to me was, ‘Donna I am scared,’” Johnson mentioned.
“I’d wish to ask Governor Cuomo how would he really feel if he needed to stay each day with the final phrases from his mom, ‘Andrew, I am scared.’”
A Cuomo spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
On Monday, Cuomo declined to say whether or not he or any members of his workplace had been subpoenaed in reference to ongoing investigations into how the administration dealt with nursing dwelling care in the course of the pandemic.
When requested throughout a convention name about any potential subpoenas, Cuomo mentioned his workplace has been complying with an inquiry since August and can proceed to take action. He didn’t, nevertheless, converse on to the subpoena query.
Cuomo’s workplace has come below mounting scrutiny over the way it dealt with nursing dwelling affected person care and the way it reported affected person deaths, together with deliberately underreporting fatalities for worry that revealing the data might have been used towards the administration, as instructed by an aide.
A report launched by New York Legal professional Common Letitia James on the finish of final month revealed whole nursing dwelling deaths within the state have been larger than beforehand anticipated – undercounted by as a lot as 55%.
The Division of Well being revealed shortly after James’ report was launched that an extra 3,829 residents died after being transferred to hospitals, which is about 40% extra deaths than had beforehand been counted. No less than 12,743 long-term care residents died of the virus as of Jan. 19.
New information launched this month upped these figures to not less than 14,100.
Republicans within the state legislature on Monday moved ahead with an effort to strip Cuomo of his emergency authority in the course of the pandemic. State Democrats superior an effort to formally censure Cuomo, which might function a public rebuke of his actions.
Johnson famous on Tuesday that she has a number of questions for the governor.
“I might wish to know why he did not use the instruments that President Trump gave him,” Johnson mentioned. “He requested for the ship. He had the ship. It laid there empty. He had the Javits Middle, it laid there empty.”
She additionally identified that the place she is on Lengthy Island, makeshift hospitals have been situated in parking tons.
“Why did not you employ these amenities? I might similar to to know why? What made you signal this mandate to ship COVID contaminated sufferers to amenities that weren’t outfitted?” she went on to ask.
Johnson additionally famous that she would go by the rehabilitation heart her father was residing in on Lengthy Island each day in the course of the lockdown to drop off the newspaper and he or she would see workers “sporting rubbish baggage,” noting they weren’t outfitted to deal with the pandemic.
“What sort of PPE [personal protective equipment] is that?” Johnson requested.
A Cuomo spokesperson additionally didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for solutions to Johnson’s questions.
Johnson mentioned on Tuesday that she is “proud” of her sister-in-law Janice Dean for being a voice for households who’ve misplaced members of the family residing in nursing properties and assisted residing amenities.
“I am so sure my mother and father are so pleased with her,” Johnson informed Kilmeade. “My mother and father weren’t the kind of individuals that may need their face to be on TV and so they would not need the eye, however however to that, my dad at all times taught us to at all times stick up for your self and to stay up for individuals who cannot stick up for themselves.”
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“I understand how proud my mother and father are trying down smiling on her,” she added. “We’re without end grateful.”
Fox Information’ Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.