Fox News’ senior meteorologist Janice Dean’s son Donna Johnson lost her parents to COVID-19 after her parents were exposed to assisted living facilities in New York, and on Tuesday stressed that people will not go to a nursing home to die.
Johnson told Fox and Friends on Tuesday: “Our governor said such absurd things on TV.” “I think the latest thing that saddens me is that when he talks about nursing home patients, he behaves like You go to a nursing home and you die.”
She emphasized: “You will not die in a nursing home. This is people’s home.” She pointed out that some of the assisted living facilities are rehabilitation centers where people of all ages are there.
Last month, the Washington Post reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: “Look, if a person dies in a hospital or in a nursing home, it means death.”
“But who cares? 33 [percent]. 28 [percent]. Died in the hospital According to the Post, Cuomo added that he died in a nursing home. They are dead.
Johnson told the host Brian Kilmeade that about a year ago, her father’s nursing home in New York was locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic. She pointed out that her mother was in a separate assisted living facility nearby, and the plan was for her father to “be healthier and live in an assisted life with my mother”.
Johnson said that one afternoon, her brother received a call and said that her father was in poor health.
She said: “I don’t believe this call leads us to believe that he is in serious danger. Only a few hours later, he received the next call of my father’s death.”
“We didn’t even expect to have COVID. When the funeral director received the death certificate, we learned that my father had COVID.”
Johnson also pointed out that shortly thereafter, her mother began to feel unwell and was taken to the hospital about a week later, where she tested positive for COVID-19 and “gradually worsened.” Johnson said her mother died in the hospital.
Johnson said: “The last thing my mother said to me was,’I will be scared.’
“I want to ask Governor Cuomo how he would feel if he listened to his mother’s last words,’Andrew, I’m scared’ every day.”
A Cuomo spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
On Monday, Cuomo declined to say whether he or any of his office members were under investigation about how the government handled nursing home care during the pandemic.
When asked in the conference call whether there are any potential subpoenas, Cuomo said that his office has been investigating since August and will continue to do so. However, he did not directly address the issue of subpoenas.
Cuomo’s office has received increasing scrutiny on how to handle nursing home patient care and how to report patient deaths, including deliberately underestimating the number of deaths due to concerns that the information may be used by an assistant, which was suggested by an assistant of.
A report released by New York’s Attorney General Letitia James at the end of last month showed that the total number of deaths in nursing homes in the state was higher than previously expected-underestimated by as much as 55%.
Soon after the release of James’ report, the Ministry of Health revealed that 3,829 residents died after being transferred to the hospital, which is 40% more than the previously calculated death toll. As of January 19, at least 12,743 long-term care residents have died from the virus.
New data released this month raises these numbers to at least 14,100.
On Monday, Republicans in the state legislature stepped forward to deprive Cuomo of emergency powers during the pandemic. The National Democrats made an effort to formally condemn Cuomo, which would be a public condemnation of his actions.
Johnson pointed out on Tuesday that she has several questions about the governor.
Johnson said: “I want to know why he didn’t use the tools President Trump gave him.” “He asked for this ship. He owns this ship. That ship is empty.
She also pointed out that in her place on Long Island, the temporary hospital was located in the parking lot.
“Why don’t you use these facilities? I want to know why? What made you sign this authorization to send patients infected with COVID to unequipped facilities?” She continued.
Johnson also pointed out that during the lockdown, she would pass through her father’s rehabilitation center on Long Island every day to get off the car. She will also see employees “wearing garbage bags” and point out that they are not capable of coping with this pandemic.
“What kind of personal protective equipment [personal protective equipment] is it? “Johnson asked.
A Cuomo spokesperson also did not immediately respond to Fox News’s answer to Johnson’s question.
Johnson said on Tuesday that she was proud of her sister, Janice Dean, because she was a voice for families who lost their families in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Johnson told Kilmed, “I’m sure my parents are proud of her.” “My parents are not the kind of people who don’t want to show their faces on TV and don’t want people’s attention, but on the other hand, my father always Teach us to always stick to ourselves and persevere to serve those who cannot stick to ourselves.”
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She added: “I know how proud my parents are smiling at her.” “We are always grateful.”
Brittany De Lea of Fox News contributed to this report.