The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division “is evaluating whether to initiate investigations under the federal ‘Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act,'” the department said in a statement announcing the request. “The Civil Rights Division seeks to determine if the state orders requiring admission of COVID-19 patients to nursing homes is responsible for the deaths of nursing home residents.”
New Jersey’s Democratic governor says it “speaks volumes” that the letter was issued during the Republican National Convention and is focused on four states with Democratic governors.
“The fact that this request from the Department of Justice, sent only to four states with Democratic governors, was announced by press release during the Republican National Convention speaks volumes about the nature of the review,” Alyana Alfaro, Gov. Phil Murphy’s press secretary, told CNN, adding that the office doesn’t comment on investigative inquiries.
Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s press secretary, Tiffany Brown, similarly said the timing of the request “should make it crystal clear that this is nothing more than election-year politics,” but that the state will “review this letter and respond as appropriate.”
CNN has reached out to the governors of New York and Pennsylvania for comment.
The state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced a new policy in May that said a hospital cannot discharge a person who is Covid-19 positive to a nursing home.
The DOJ noted in its release that New York’s high coronavirus death toll is comprised of “many” elderly people.
“Protecting the rights of some of society’s most vulnerable members, including elderly nursing home residents, is one of our country’s most important obligations,” Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband said in the statement. “We must ensure they are adequately cared for with dignity and respect and not unnecessarily put at risk.”
CNN’s Joe Ruiz contributed to this report.Checkout latest world news below links :
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