In this column, WSJ columnist James Freeman essentially indicted Minnesota’s DFL Gov. Tim Walz. Gov. Walz is following in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s footsteps in putting nursing home residents at risk. This isn’t surprising since Democrats are fairly used to following a script.

It’s been known for more than a month that the elderly and those with weak immune systems can’t handle the COVID virus. Despite that understanding, “Minnesota has been implementing the disastrous Covid-19 strategy made famous by New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The essence of the plan is to forcefully reduce the income of people at low risk, while simultaneously increasing the chances of virus exposure for those at high risk.”

This is how crises get extended. Sending COVID-infected seniors to nursing homes is a potential death sentence. This isn’t putting 2 and 2 together and getting 4. It’s more like putting 2 and 2 together and getting 9. Freeman cites a Star Tribune article, too:

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…

One such facility, North Ridge Health and Rehab in New Hope, has accepted 42 patients from hospitals and other long-term care facilities since mid-April even as the coronavirus has raged through its 320-bed nursing home, killing 48 of its patients and infecting scores more.

The first outbreak of COVID deaths happened at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington. It was above-the-fold-front-page news for a week or more. I can picture someone slow like Gov. Walz not picking up on that clue but there’s no reason why his public health people shouldn’t have picked up on that. Instead of noticing, Minnesotans got another example of the blind leading the blind.

According to this KARE11 video, the Walz administration didn’t figure out a plan to fix the Walz-induced crisis until 2 weeks ago:

The Walz administration’s cavalier attitude towards problem-solving is disgraceful. They’ve created more problems than they’ve solved. It’s fair to say that the Walz administration didn’t protect nursing home residents. He’s as disgraceful as Gov. Cuomo. Then again, what would you expect from a pair of airheaded Democrats?

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