Perry Supports Federal Action To Hold Gov. Wolf Accountable For COVID-19 Nursing Home Orders
Harrisburg, August 28, 2020
Congressman Scott Perry (PA-10) supported the announcement by the Department of Justice that it is requesting information from Governor Tom Wolf on his COVID-19 policies, which mandated that nursing homes and long-term care facilities admit patients regardless of COVID status. In Pennsylvania, over 67 percent of COVID-19 deaths are connected to long-term care facilities, and Gov. Wolf must be held accountable for the decisions suspected of harming and killing our must vulnerable population.
The information requested from Gov. Wolf will help the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division determine if an investigation should be launched under the federal “Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act” (CRIPA), which protects the civil rights of individuals in state-run nursing homes.
“The Department of Justice announcement is a step forward in holding Governor Wolf and his administration accountable for COVID-19 policies that endangered our elderly Pennsylvanians. Despite federal guidance and early reports that COVID-19 disproportionately affected Seniors, Gov. Wolf mandated that nursing homes and long-term care facilities admit patients regardless of their COVID status. We’ve lost over 5,000 Seniors in Pennsylvania’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities due to COVID-19, and our grieving families deserve answers,” said Congressman Perry.
Since the Governor’s policy was announced, Congressman Perry has tirelessly fought for its repeal.
May 12, 2020 – Perry Requests Transparency of Gov. Wolf COVID-19 Nursing Home Order
May 14, 2020 – Perry Calls for Federal Investigation
May 28, 2020 - Rep. Perry and Rep. Keller Demand PA DOH Strengthen Protections for Nursing Homes, Personal Care, and Assisted Living Facilities
June 25, 2020 - House Republicans Press State AGS to Probe Governor’s Deadly Nursing Home Orders