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Actually, We Didn’t Send Any COVID Patients Into Nursing Homes

Just when you think this man cannot get more brazenly dishonest, he manages to prove you wrong. New York’s Democratic governor — who has presided over the highest number of COVID deaths in the nation, and one of the worst death rates — is not only writing a book about his “success” and congratulating himself for saving lives. He’s not only falsely claiming that President Trump is responsible for the virus arriving in New York. And he’s no longer merely manipulating data to downplay his disastrously lethal policy on nursing homes. He’s now taken his gaslighting to shockingly mendacious lows, telling New Yorkers that the nursing homes scandal…never existed. Simply stunning:

“It just never happened that we needed a nursing home to take a COVID-positive person,” he says. No matter how you slice it, this is a lie. The lie he appears to be telling here is one of obfuscation, to dismiss a very serious matter by rebutting an accusation nobody is actually leveling. Is anyone claiming that the terrible policy he inflicted on New York involved forcing nursing homes to take in coronavirus-infected patients because of a lack of hospital beds elsewhere? That’s obviously not the allegation. The allegation, which is absolutely true, is that New York State forced long-term care centers and nursing homes to permit COVID-positive residents to enter those facilities while infected, seriously endangering the vulnerable populations inside. For weeks on end, New York also permitted COVID-positive nursing home employees to show up for work, putting residents at more risk. The goal, pursued by other states, should have been to keep people with coronavirus as far away

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Utilities can send shutoff notices to Maryland homes starting this week. But help is available.

Utility companies could soon send termination notices to Marylanders who are behind on their bills, as a months-long moratorium on shut-offs comes to an end.



Under a ruling by the state’s Public Service Commission, residents will have 45 days notice to address unpaid bills with their utility company once they receive a termination notice. They will not have their service disconnected if they work out a payment plan or apply for energy assistance.


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Under a ruling by the state’s Public Service Commission, residents will have 45 days notice to address unpaid bills with their utility company once they receive a termination notice. They will not have their service disconnected if they work out a payment plan or apply for energy assistance.

A state prohibition on residential disconnections began in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A moratorium remains in place for water, gas and electric service turn-offs until Nov. 15, but notices can begin going out Oct. 1.

Consumer advocates, state officials and utility companies all have the same message: Reach out now if you need help.

They said people should contact their utilities and apply for assistance as soon as possible.

Under a ruling by the state’s Public Service Commission, residents will have 45 days to address unpaid bills with their utility company once they receive a termination notice. They will not have their service disconnected if they work out a payment plan or apply for energy assistance.

“I would describe the magnitude of the situation as immense. It’s important for any customer that needs assistance … to reach out immediately.””,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:1/83/8,”inline_comments”:1/83/83/4,”_id”:”JIQE5PGPW5GUZBOLKXFIM234XM

Jason Stanek, chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission

More than $150 million has been set aside for energy assistance in Maryland, but many people who need help have not applied.

“The bottom line is we want to ensure that people keep their electricity — and as we’re entering into a colder season, that their heat says on,” said Maryland People’s Counsel Paula M. Carmody, whose office represents consumers and had pushed for a longer moratorium.

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