The Scandal of Eldercide
No matter what one thinks of Covid-19, or the governmental response to it, there is one aspect that should be horrifying to everyone: The practice/policy of intentionally placing Covid-19 patients in Skilled Care Facilities (SKF). The establishment paper The Wall Street Journal recently published the fact that 50k nursing home residents have died with or of Covid-19, which comprises 43% of stated deaths.
On its face value, this figure is gruesome enough, but when one takes into account that with at least five Democrat governors, this was/is policy is outrageous and in some cases reeks of pre-meditated murder.
As activists and compassionate humans, we must ask the question: do Grey Lives Matter? Not only to the establishment, but to anyone? While this practice was commencing, SKF were also forced to lockdown and no one was allowed to visit their loved ones or check up on their care, or lack thereof. Many SKF have long histories of elder-abuse and sketchy practices, but in collaboration with the state, the new Covid policies have not "protected" our elders, but, in fact made them even more vulnerable.
The further irony of this is that from the beginning, we were hammered with the propaganda (to me, it seemed a lot like the WMD lie before the invasion and U.S. destruction of Iraq) that if we don't shelter in place (SIP), social distance, or wear our face coverings if we do go out, then we will "murder Meemaw" when the official response regarding elders has been shockingly deadly.
Let's take the county that I live in, here in my home state of California: Solano. As of June 18th, 2020, the morbid death count was at 23 out of an estimated (Census 2020) population of 450,000 people. Sixteen of those 23 deaths disturbingly came from one SKF in Vallejo called: The Windsor House. This is one of the facilities that has a pretty bad history of patient "care." In one of the deaths, a 31-year-old man who was there after a stroke was roomed with an ill person, eventually killing the trapped man. This was reported by his sister who was not able to enter the facility or visit her brother.
Two-thirds of the deaths in Solano County come from SKF, but in California, over a month ago (I cannot find current stats), The San Jose Mercury News reported that at least 40 percent of all fatalities in California were nursing home residents. This after a May 6th order from Gavin Newsom to open up SKF to accepting Covid-positive patients and offering up to "$1k per day" for doing so.
I am sure that there are some honest and well-run SKF out there, but the ones that Medicare patients go in to are well-known for their avarice and lack of care. Newsom's policy didn't even make sense on the face of it, when many of our hospitals were empty and staff were being furloughed. What was the rush to house patients in SKF? When we add the other states who did this with California, it seems like a plan to murder the most vulnerable population of all! (In doing research, the order from the California Department of Health has been "scrubbed" but we have found mention of it in many other places, footnoted here)
Probably the most notorious case of planned Eldercide is in New York with its governor Andrew Cuomo. Like California, Cuomo's original order has been scrubbed from the official records, but when, after much opposition, and after over 5,000 murders, he rescinded the order, it was pretty clear that he had given it. It's a good thing some quick people saved the order before it was sent down the memory hole. These complicit SKF were given immunity by Cuomo for anything that may occur by this order, but come to find out, he gets a lot of money from the sketchy individuals who run them.
Not only is this despicable practice being done in California, and New York, there is evidence that it happening in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan. We may never know the true numbers of this illness, or the numbers of those killed by their governors in SKF, or just by poor practices, but we know that thousands are from orders by these eldercidal governors.
The above facts are scandalous and heart-breaking. Someone needs to be held accountable for these needless deaths occurring under the cover of darkness with zero transparency. So, not being one to sit idly by (even though we can't really go anywhere), we have begun this movement for accountability, which is nascent, but already spreading to Canada where 87% of their C-19 deaths were in SKF.
We are working on an initiative to hold governors and others accountable for the deaths of so many in nursing homes. At least five state governors (and probably many more) gave the okay to house Covid-19 infected patients in eldercare facilities, reportedly killing tens of thousands of previously uninfected elders. Not only were these acts perpetrated, but as stated above, the facilities were given immunity from the governments for this practice.
These forgotten ones are our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and in some cases, children. They are our friends and neighbors and one of these days, it could be US if we allow this Eldercide to go unnoticed and unpunished.
We have also heard anecdotal evidence of other urgently needed medical procedures being refused to these trapped elders due to all resources going to the Covid-19 patients. If you have stories of this, or any other elder abuse due to Covid-19 (such as forced isolation and denied medical treatment), we’d love to hear them and perhaps record them to expose this issue of the forgotten ones who have been put, by their governors, at the at the forefront of suffering since general lockdown began.
To repeat, this seems like premeditated murder. If any of the above (or other) has happened to someone you love, or is happening, please contact me at: CindySheehansSoapbox@gmail.com
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