Updated: May 24, 2020 08:58 AM
Created: May 23, 2020 05:18 PM
Gov. Andrew Cuomo touched upon the ongoing nursing home issues during his Saturday briefing.
Albany County officials told NewsChannel 13 that they and staffers at Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center are doing everything possible for the health and safety of their residents.
This comes after a new Associated Press investigation.
A small group remembered the 15 coronavirus-related resident deaths linked to the county-run facility.
"We're fighting to make sure our brothers and sisters trapped here stay alive and direct care staff have what they need," said Julie Farrar of ADAPT Capital Region.
Some coronavirus victims at Shaker Place were friends of current resident Teena Willard.
"When I saw people dying, I got very scared and ended up getting it and to the point where I couldn't breathe and I thought maybe I was next," said Willard.
Cuomo responded to an AP investigation that found 4,300 recovering coronavirus patients returned to New York nursing homes as part of the March 25 state health directive.
"What New York did was follow what the Republican administration said to do," he said. "That's not my attempt to politicize it. It's my attempt to depoliticize it So don't criticize the state for following the president's policy."
"That read, and I quote, 'Nursing homes should admit any individuals from hospitals where COVID is present.' Not could, should. That is President Trump's CMS and CDC.," said Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor.
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