The thing that’s inescapable from this article is that the Tim Walz administration doesn’t give a damn about residents of long-term care facilities, aka LTC facilities. It isn’t often that I’d utilize such over-the-top language but this time, it’s found in the Star Tribune article itself. Check it out if you don’t trust me.

The article opens by saying “Despite the devastating death toll, Minnesota nursing homes are still being allowed by state regulators to admit coronavirus patients who have been discharged from hospitals. Early in the pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Health turned to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to relieve the burden on hospitals that were at risk of being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Minnesota hospitals have since discharged dozens of infected patients to nursing homes, including facilities that have undergone large and deadly outbreaks of the disease, state records show.”

This is almost as frightening:

Now that practice is drawing strong opposition from some lawmakers, residents’ families and health watchdogs, who warn that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Why just some lawmakers? Why aren’t all lawmakers upset with this stupidity? Further, Minnesota’s hospitals never got overwhelmed. Why did the Walz administration turn to “nursing homes and other long-term care facilities”? My annual physical was scheduled for late-January. That got postponed because the clinic was converted to overflow for the St. Cloud Hospital at the start of COVID. The appointment was rescheduled again to March 31. Again, I was told that it was related to COVID. The entire clinic was emptied out to create extra bed space.

The point is that hospitals and clinics prepared for a spike in COVID cases. There never was a threat to hospitals running out of space in Minnesota. There might’ve been a chance we wouldn’t have had enough staffing but that’s a different contingency to plan for. LTCs certainly weren’t better staffed than hospitals. This is the closest video I found in an hour of searching dealing with the topic of nursing homes in the past week:

The number of COVID-related deaths are increasing as a direct result of sending COVID-infected seniors into LTCs. This doesn’t require medical school training to figure out. It requires a memory of what Andrew Cuomo did in New York. This proposal should be immediately rejected:

They are calling for more state scrutiny over transfers, including stricter standards over which nursing homes should be allowed to accept COVID-19 patients from hospitals.

Wrong! They shouldn’t be allowed into nursing homes. Period. If nothing else, the state should set up a facility that could hold those elderly COVID-19 patients. Why set things up so that an entire facility gets infected? Karin Housley positively nailed it:

“It makes no sense to bring more COVID-19 patients into facilities that have already failed to protect them,” said Sen. Karin Housley, the Republican chairwoman of the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee. “If it were my mom or dad in one of these facilities, I would be really worried.”

This is frightening:

State health officials and long-term care industry representatives have defended the practice of discharging some COVID-19 patients to nursing homes, saying it is part of a broader strategy to conserve critical hospital beds during the pandemic. Long-term care facilities can provide treatment for coronavirus patients who still need care, but have stabilized enough that they no longer require hospitalization, officials said.

How’s that worked thus far? Thus far, 80% of COVID deaths have happened at nursing homes. That indicates that these ‘experts’ have been wrong.

2 Responses to “Tim Walz administration to seniors: I’m sentencing you to death”

  • eric z says:

    What about all those closed Walmart stores that some said were to be FEMA detention centers during Obama’s terms? Are they not available in emergency situations? Rent ’em and use ’em. Why not? While perhaps less ideal for the infected; what’s good sense and what’s bad when an entire population is at risk?

    Then, rethink the warehousing of the elderly under so-called “care?” If there’s seven-figure money the Lakers got – and gave back when it hit the fan, there’s money for sane stuff too.

    It is almost as if the Trump policy is to make room for the boomers to enjoy the same “care.”

  • Gretchen L Leisen says:

    This is what is wrong with assuming government is the answer to problems. After the disaster that happened in New York and New Jersey with the nursing homes, we now have an idiotic governor who makes the same stupid decision and releases recovering Covid-19 patients back into nursing homes.

    The failure to learn from past mistakes is a sign of incompetence. The first bad example of such behavior was in Washington state. Neither Cuomo or Murphy paid attention to it. Now we have Tim Walz who also ignores history. This is insanity.

    On the other hand, perhaps it is the citizens of our state who are crazy, They continue to vote for DFL candidates. I have spoken with several DFL voters. They think they are being loyal to their family traditions, and have no idea that today’s DFL is 180 degrees apart from the DFL party of their parents and grandparents.

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