Daniel Greenfield, Democrat urban politics is often a case of trying to figure out who is blackmailing whom. That’s definitely a tough call in this case.
Facing ruinous polls, Dems decided to pivot from pandemic to endemic messaging, imposing vaccine restrictions, but mostly trying to reopen. Virginia and New Jersey sent a pretty clear message about the anger simmering in the suburbs about the public school situation.
And, at least initially, the teachers’ unions seemed willing to go along. But that lasted about all of 5 minutes in the interim between the Randi Weingarten makeover as an advocate for reopening schools to unions pushing for mental health days and then outright returns to Zoom classes.
The question is whether there’s a larger strategy here or just greed.
The unions that are the worst abusers, especially CTU in Chicago, prey on Dems because who else are they going to prey on? They’re used to taking their own hostage and extracting maximum benefits. And so wrecking the electoral chances of their own party may not matter to them. Whatever happens in 2022 and 2024, Dems will still be running SF, Chicago, and Atlanta. Not to mention NYC and Detroit.
Even if state governments go Dem, there’ll still be plenty of money to play with in urban areas because no Republican is going to have the guts to end this charade, pull the funding, and actually decentralize education and break up the rotten public school system monopoly.
Alternatively, this may be a way to set up Dems as the saviors of public school parents, riding in on a white horse while the unions play the heavies.
Is that a possibility? We’ll find out soon enough.
Dems Back to Shoving COVID Cases Into Nursing Homes
If Cuomo’s downfall showed anything, it’s that there is still zero accountability for shoving COVID cases into nursing homes, resulting in a significant portion of the deaths during the pandemic.
So why should the Dems stop doing it? Ask Gov. Ned Lamont over in Connecticut. New York and New Jersey showed why putting COVID patients into nursing homes is a horrifying act of eugenics. Is that going to change anything right next door. Nope.
Nursing homes are being asked to accept COVID-positive admissions from hospitals, according to new guidance from the Department of Public Health, even as positivity rates within nursing homes are increasing sharply.
Until Thursday, the health department required any patient transferred from a hospital to a long-term care facility to have a negative COVID test performed in the hospital within 48 hours of their transfer, but that requirement is now waived.
“Vaccination status of an individual should not influence decisions about hospital discharge or PAC admission,” according to the DPH.
Discharge should not be held due to a pending SARS-CoV-2 test, as receiving PAC providers should now have quarantine policies in place based on COVID-19 vaccination status.
Two years later hardly anything has changed.
Dem governors and what can only be euphemistically described as their health departments are back to spreading the virus across nursing homes. And whether or not residents are vaccinated, they can still be infected, and many are in a weakened enough condition that an infectious strain like Omicron, which most people seem to be handling well enough, could still kill them or worsen some underlying condition, especially for patients with diminished lung capacity and other problems, to kill them.
None of this is anything new. We knew all this when the pandemic first started. All this shows is that there’s been zero reckoning.
“Hospitalized patients should be discharged from acute care whenever clinically indicated, regardless of COVID-19 status,” Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani wrote in the two-page memo.
Manisha is the first Indian American to serve as public health commish in the state so what else do you need to know.
The state currently requires nursing homes to isolate COVID-positive residents from those who are negative. Managers can do that by designating a wing or other area to quarantine the positive residents. That means the facilities would have some staff devoted to the COVID-positive area and other workers assigned to the rest of the population.
But some operators say that even with separate areas, the virus can spread quickly through nursing homes. Alzheimer’s and dementia patients may wander. It’s hard to get some residents to wear a mask. And with a staffing crisis, it’s difficult to retain enough workers for both the COVID-positive wing and the remaining population. To avoid spread, workers are discouraged from staffing both areas simultaneously.
This, of course, is absolutely meaningless. Workers go back and forth. And they mingle. The end result is predictable. And at some point you have to expect that the predictable result is also the intended one.