Janice Dean speaks out speaks out on New York's nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Ainsley we have been telling Ainsley. We have been telling you about the tragedy of New Yorks Nursing crisis hitting home in our own family, Janice Dean losing her mother and father in law to Covid 19, while in assisted care facilities. Brian Senate Republicans held a forum yesterday where her voice was heard. My familys story is not based on politics, as some might have. You believe, and apparently my appearance here today makes some people uncomfortable, but I dont think its me. They are uncomfortable with its the cover up and the truth that happened in New York, nursing homes, Steve and Janice joins us right now to share Janice good morning to you im sure that was tough to do yesterday. When you say some people make some people uncomfortable. You obviously mention Governor Cuomo. Were you able to tell your whole story yesterday Janice I was.
They gave me more than the allotted five minutes to tell the story of Micky and Dee Newman New York, tough, born and bred, and how they were in separate, elder care facilities and lost them both to Covid 19. I believe mic. I mic Mickey died because there were covid patients allowed into his nursing home and his mom Dee died, but her number does not count because she died in the hospital. I was able to tell both of their stories and heard beautiful heart breaking stories from other families who got to tell their familys tragic history and stories about New Yorks, tragic nursing, home Yorks, tragic nursing, home policy from Andrew Cuomo Ainsley. You mentioned the cover up when you were zooming with them. What do you think happened? Janice? Well, we dont know the full numbers. Cuomo and his health commissioner have been asked
time and time again to give us the actual total deaths that happened not only in nursing homes, but from seniors that were transported to hospitals and died in hospitals, even though they got Covid 19 in their respective elder care facilities. He hasnt answered the question about his mandate March 25th that went forty six days straight that brought covid positive parents into hearsing homes, dodged. The question blamed everybody else, except the person who signed the mandate order. Governor Cuomo Brian here is Governor Cuomo last night. You have to suspend disbelief as you watch lets, watch climb, the impossible mountain and right now we are. On the other side. We saw the failure of a government that tried to deny the virus then tried to ignore it and then tried to politicize it. The failed federal government that watched New York get ambushed by their negligence and then watched New York Suffer, but
all through it learned absolutely nothing for all the pain and all the tears our way worked. Brian did it work? No, I think New York is a tragedy. It is not a success story, but his gaslighting and arrogance knows no boundaries and they let him speak. Last night we lost over thirty thousand people here in New York state, I believe, close to ten thousand from nursing homes. He has a lot of questions to answer for today, im heading to Albany to meet with Senator Jim and democratic Majority, Assemblyman RON, Kim and together a bipartisan investigation is going to be asked, were going to do that tomorrow in Albany. I hope it happens, Steve that would be great Steve. That would be great.
So yesterday was the hearing. Now, really, the next step is investigation find out what happened. Obviously, there was a steep learning curve in the beginning. Regarding coronavirus, we didnt know exactly what was hitting us, but for the governor of New York to say: okay, if you are a corona patient and you have, we are going to second, you back into the nursing home that you feel what the fatal flaw. Absolutely. He is not giving us the numbers. New York state does not count the numbers that we lost in hospitals from nursing homes. We need those numbers to move forward and help change the law. We need independent bipartisan investigation that involves subpoena power. So we can get the health commissioner on the hot seat and ask questions and get truthful answers, not ones where he is saying. I will get back to you. I dont have the answers right now,
thats what were hoping for tomorrow. Thank you. Ainsley give our best to Sean. I cant imagine losing two.
Transcript generated on 2020-08-18.