His title is Anthony Rodriguez. He was an “wonderful father” and mostly seen because the “John Wayne” of the family earlier than he died, his daughter, Joann Rodriguez, advised Fox Information.
Joann Rodriguez was not solely one among his main caretakers whereas he was within the nursing residence. And her time with him was abruptly lower brief earlier this yr after greater than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state have been launched from hospitals into nursing houses.
The Cuomo administration’s March 25 directive barred nursing houses from refusing individuals simply because they’d COVID-19. It was supposed to unlock area in hospitals swamped within the early days of the pandemic.
Anthony Rodriguez was one among practically 15,000 nursing residence residents who died after the order was applied.
“They allowed us FaceTime visits with my dad as a result of we couldn’t go in. And that occurred twice, thrice per week with me and my sister,” Joann Rodriguez advised Fox Information. “At the very starting of April that modified.”
The Rodriguez household had tried to contact the nursing residence a number of occasions by cellphone, electronic mail and textual content a number of occasions however could not get ahold of anybody.
It wasn’t till later they came upon concerning the order, which successfully “created a conflict zone contained in the nursing residence,” she mentioned.
Even earlier than the pandemic, nursing houses had already confronted inadequate staffing and did haven’t sufficient satisfactory care, Joann Rodriguez mentioned.
“They relied on me and my sister to return in and assist feed him, to assist do the easy hygiene, issues like clipping his nails,” she mentioned. “I imply, we truly did quite a bit in his care as a result of they lacked ample staffing.”
Realizing this, she mentioned that it is not possible to fathom why the order was put in place, calling it a “very callous determination.”
The final time she noticed her father was on FaceTime from the emergency room. He died two days in a while April 28.
“I simply felt so helpless, helpless in direction of him,” she mentioned. “He had quite a bit, lots of life in him left.”
She described her father as a heat and welcoming man who was quiet however “very, very strong-minded.” Actually, he was to go-to in an emergency state of affairs.
Even on FaceTime, he at all times smiled and completed each dialog with “I really like you,” she mentioned.
It has been nearly a yr since Joann Rodriguez and her household misplaced him to the pandemic. Nonetheless, they nonetheless wrestle with being “denied the suitable to know what occurred” and why.
“There’s actually no closure,” she mentioned. “While you lastly discover out about this mandate that probably killed 1000’s … it is incomprehensible that our authorities might try this.”
Even after her father died, the nursing residence did not reply their questions, she mentioned.
“Actually, they blew it off,” she mentioned. “And the one factor they needed to inform us was ‘when will you be capable of choose up your father’s belongings?'”
The choice was “irresponsible and it is unacceptable” Joann Rodriguez mentioned. Her hope is that those that are accountable are lastly held accountable.
“[It’s] one thing that must be introduced out into the open and other people have to be held accountable,” she mentioned.
The Related Press contributed to this report.