Cuomo argued the warning was a precaution if hospitals were overwhelmed – calling it an “anticipatory rule” – which he said didn’t happen.
“We never needed nursing home beds because we always had hospital beds,” Cuomo told Finger Lakes News. “So it never happened in New York, where we needed to say to a nursing home, ‘We need you to take this person even if it’s Covid-positive.’ It never happened.”
“No resident will be denied readmission or admission to the [nursing home] based solely on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19, “the warning said.”[Nursing homes] It is prohibited to require a hospitalized resident who is considered medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to hospitalization or readmission. “
CNN reached out to the governor and the State Department of Health for comment.