According to the Washington Examiner dated May 10, 2020:
[...] [At] one time, hospital beds were precious. When we started this, remember, the whole question was will you have enough hospital beds? We were in a scramble to provide more hospital beds," he [Andrew Cuomo] added, "The last thing you would be doing would be gratuitously saying we're going to keep a person in a hospital bed who doesn't need a hospital bed who could be at another facility. You would never do that. It would be reckless. It would be negligent."
[Andrew] Cuomo said that the state had flipped its mandate and now forbids hospitals from discharging coronavirus patients to nursing homes. He maintained that nursing homes could have turned away patients who were sent back from hospitals if they notified the state that they did not have the proper capacity to care for the infected resident.
Many families have expressed frustration that residents with COVID-19 were returned from hospitals and triggered outbreaks that swept through entire nursing homes. Chris Laxton, executive director of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, told ABC News that many nursing homes were not even told if a patient had the virus when they were readmitted to the facility.
“A number of nursing homes have felt constrained by the order and admitted hospital discharged patients without knowing what their COVID status was,” said Laxton. “This order made an already difficult situation almost impossible.”
Cuomo also announced on Sunday that nursing home employees were now required to be tested for COVID-19 twice per week. Hospitals that do not test employees will risk having their licenses revoked."
Here is the directive on the Wayback Machine: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/doh_covid19-_nhadmissionsreadmissions_-032520.pdf
To me this is absurd. So my question is:
Why did Andrew Cuomo issue the directive to the nursing homes and is there any evidence that his stated reason is the true one?