Murphy's Deputy Commissioner for Health Systems: “Thank you, this is Marcela Ospina-Maziarz, I'm the Deputy Commissioner for Health Systems”
Operator: “Thank you very much, I have a brief question and that is...you've asked us to take in COVID-19 patients…”
At the height of the pandemic, Governor Murphy used his power to force nursing homes to admit COVID-positive patients despite CDC guidelines.
Murphy's Deputy Commissioner for Health Systems: “...there really isn't any immediate jeopardy. We know that this is a very difficult infection to control, this is why we've put out guidance... on how to do it appropriately…”
Operator: “Yes, but patients will die. You understand that by asking us to take COVID patients... that patients will die in nursing homes that wouldn't have otherwise died…”
Governor Murphy was warned. He sent COVID-positive patients to nursing homes anyway. Now, more than 8,000 seniors and veterans are dead…
...and Governor Murphy still doesn’t have an answer.