ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INTO NYS COVID-19 NURSING HOME DEATHS

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) has sent a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Inspector General for Investigations requesting an independent federal investigation into COVID-19 related deaths and New York State nursing homes.

This follows news of dramatically unreported COVID-19 fatality numbers from state nursing homes and state mandates that nursing homes take COVID-19 positive patients. It is evident that the order from the State to accept these patients and additional practices, protocols and requirements may have increased the spread of COVID-19 amongst our senior citizen and vulnerable populations.

New York State authorities will not be fair and impartial in investigating this developing scandal and the expertise and independence of the HHS Inspector General’s office is needed.

Full text of the letter:

Gary Cantrell
Deputy Inspector General for Investigations
Office of Investigations
US Department of Health and Human Services
Via email

Dear Mr. Cantrell:

I write to formally request an independent federal investigation by your office into COVID-19 related deaths at New York State nursing homes.

Yesterday it was announced at least an additional 1,700 COVID-19 fatalities are linked to state nursing homes.

This news follows confirmation that New York State required nursing homes to take COVID-19 positive patients ensuring an even more rapid spread of the illness amongst our senior citizen and vulnerable populations.

It is my strong belief that New York State authorities will not be fair and impartial in investigating and reviewing all facts related to this devastating developing scandal. We must know if New York State’s mandate that nursing homes take COVID-19 positive patients resulted in more deaths. We must also know if New York State or other government entities practices, protocols and requirements increased the spread of COVID-19 through these facilities resulting in increased deaths. Families also deserve to have a true independent accounting and confirmation on the number of COVID-19 fatalities and cases in New York State nursing homes.

The expertise of your office and its independence from New York State authorities provides the credibility needed to render a fair and impartial investigation and ensure justice will be served if necessary based on findings.

If we can be of any assistance in this matter please do not hesitate to contact my office at 845-469-6929 or schmittc@nyassembly.gov.

Sincerely,
Colin J. Schmitt
Member of Assembly
99th District

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!

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Posted by Colin Schmitt on Wednesday, May 6, 2020