September 28, 2020 PA Gov. Wolf Press Conference
Reporter: Thank you Governor. Going back to the events on Saturday, yourself and and also Vice-President Biden put out pretty scathing remarks about President Trump and the administration about the loss of life over 200,000 deaths in America, 8,000 I mean it’s 8,100 now in Pennsylvania. Is it fair to lay at the feet of the Trump administration the loss of life in the elder care and assisted living homes when your administration sent seniors back in there during the COVID crisis?
Wolf: “Ah… I’m not sure exactly what you’re referring to there.”
In March, Wolf’s administration told nursing homes that the state needed to preserve available beds in hospitals for an anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases.
That meant nursing homes should continue to accept residents, even ones “who have had the COVID-19 virus,” the governor’s guidance said.
“This decision likely contributed to the thousands of elderly deaths in Pennsylvania,” U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and other Republican leaders wrote in a June 15 letter to Wolf.
They failed miserably.
The Times found 14 states where more than half of total deaths occurred in facilities for the elderly. It was 55 percent in Connecticut, 57 percent in Colorado, North Carolina and Kentucky, 58 percent in Virginia, 59 percent in Massachusetts, 61 percent in Delaware, 66 percent in Pennsylvania, 73 percent in Rhode Island and 80 percent in West Virginia and Minnesota.