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NJ Governor Murphy Under Fire Over COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths

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New Jersey Democrat Governor Phil Murphy is under fire over his controversial demand requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients.

As of last week, it’s reported 5,459 nursing home deaths happened in New Jersey due to the virus.

The Star-Ledger reports:

As of Friday, the coronavirus death toll for long-term-care facilities was 5,459. That’s about 53 percent of the state’s total Covid-19 fatalities.

In March, New Jersey’s health commissioner issued a mandate for nursing homes to accept confirmed COVID-19 patients.

New Jersey 101.5 reports:

On March 31, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli issued a directive to long-term facilities that required them to accept residents discharged from hospitals that the hospital physician deemed to be medically stable. It said nursing homes couldn’t deny a person admission or readmission solely based on a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and couldn’t test them for the virus.

The New Jersey State Senate is planning to hold hearings over the mandate imposed upon nursing homes.

Neighboring New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is also under fire over his reckless nursing home mandate during the COVID-19 outbreak.

It’s reported over 5,300 nursing home deaths happened in New York due to the virus.

During a COVID-19 press briefing in April, Cuomo was asked about New York State’s March 25 mandate requiring nursing home residents to be readmitted even though they tested positive.

The readmission policy said, “No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19,” according to Newsday.

Shockingly, Cuomo responded, “That’s a good question, I don’t know.”

Cuomo then looked to the health commissioner for a response who said, “if you are positive, you should be admitted back to a nursing home.”

Further jeopardizing the elderly population in nursing home facilities, Cuomo continued the mandate until May 10.

As a result, there are also calls for an investigation of Cuomo’s actions and New York’s nursing home deaths.

Governors Murphy and Cuomo highlight their gross inability to provide basic health safety measures for our most vulnerable, the elderly, and must be held accountable for the loss of lives that could have been avoided.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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