During the coronavirus outbreak in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made clear the state would assume only limited responsibilities for taking care of patients in privately-owned nursing home facilities in the state. Asked in an April 22 news briefing about reported shortages of personal protective equipment, then in limited supply, he explained, "We have been helping them with more PPE. But again, it’s not our job."
The governor said the state's role was limited to regulating home operators and shutting down ones that don't provide staff with the right equipment.
Nursing homes and similar facilities have accounted for a large share of deaths from COVID-19 in New York and other U.S. states. "We’ve tried everything to keep it out of a nursing home, but it’s virtually impossible," Gov. Cuomo said.