Cuomo under fire after coronavirus policies for group homes for disabled led to more than 500 deaths

by Jenny Mount · Mar 10th, 2021 4:24 pm

Last Updated Mar 11th, 2021 at 6:41 am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is under fire after a recent study has revealed that more than 500 people in group homes for the disabled died as a result of Cuomo's policies.

An April 10 executive order directed residential group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to accept positive coronavirus patients that were released by hospitals, just like Cuomo's executive order for nursing homes.

A study revealed that New Yorkers with disabilities living in residential group homes were more than twice as likely to have severe outcomes and deaths from COVID-19.

Of the residents at homes for people with disabilities, 552 died due to COVID-19 and more than 6,900 have been infected with the virus.

"These group homes were required to have a process in place to expedite the return of asymptomatic residents from the hospital, who were deemed appropriate for return to their OPWDD certified residence," said a spokesperson for the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. "In other words, OPWDD providers could accept individuals only if they could safely accommodate them in the group home."

New York State Republicans said they have begun investigating Cuomo's directive and have requested updated data on COVID-19 deaths and infections among New York's IDD community.


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