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Press Release Published: May 11, 2023

Wenstrup to Hold Hearing on COVID-19 Nursing Home Policy Failures

WASHINGTON — Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) will hold a hearing titled “’Like Fire Through Dry Grass’: Nursing Home Mortality & COVID-19 Policies” to gather facts about pandemic-era, nursing home policy decisions — specifically in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania — that led to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans. Instead of protecting the most vulnerable population, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) and other state officials disregarded available options and mandated that nursing homes and long-term care facilities accept thousands of positive COVID-19 patients. This hearing will examine the consequences of these harmful policy decisions and investigate the failed leadership of state policy makers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thousands of America’s loved ones were put in harm’s way to serve a political agenda. Instead of following the available science and data, state leaders implemented misguided and reckless nursing home policies that abandoned America’s elderly during their time of need. Forcing nursing homes to accept COVID positive patients during the height of the pandemic was a catastrophic mistake that we must ensure never happens again. The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic is committed to holding these policy leaders accountable and providing transparency to all Americans,” said Chairman Wenstrup.

WHAT: Hearing titled “’Like Fire Through Dry Grass’: Nursing Home Mortality & COVID-19 Policies.”

DATE: Wednesday, May 17, 2023

TIME: 10:00 AM ET

LOCATION: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building


Ms. Janice Dean

Family Member of COVID-19 Nursing Home Victim

Fox News Senior Meteorologist

*More witnesses to be announced*  

The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at Press must be congressionally credentialed and must RSVP by emailing by Tuesday, May 16 at 5:00pm.

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