I get it, it’s hard to keep up with the news these days. But some stories are too important to let slide. And this is one.
In late June, Ben Markus at Colorado Public Radio reported a nursing home scandal — not in New York but right here in Colorado.
According to the story, “Gov. Jared Polis and the leader of the state’s health department never revealed to the public that the state’s lab was overwhelmed or that the state’s nursing homes had become, however briefly, the deadliest in the nation.”
A 25-year-old tech entrepreneur, referred to the governor by a political connection, sold the state COVID tests, $89 million worth, that didn’t work so well. When our leaders, including Gov. Polis, learned the tests were giving false negatives, it took 17 days — yes, 17 days, to pull the tests.
During that two-plus-week time frame, during that hesitation to stop using them, many of our elderly loved ones got sick or passed away in Colorado nursing homes. November, December, and January were devastating months for our elderly here — some of the highest death rates in the nation for nursing homes.
“I’ve felt deep, deep sadness this week for the 19 million women and girls across the earth in Afghanistan. Eleven million women in America head back to college in the coming weeks and 144 women sit in our U.S. Capitol leading our country. Sadly, the women now ruled by the Taliban face a sudden and horrifying shift in their lives that we can’t fathom here.”