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Experts Identify Employees Who Work At Multiple Facilities As Major Risk Factor For COVID-19 Transmission In Nursing Homes

  • September 11, 2020

The New York Times (9/10, De Freytas-Tamura) reports that even though “it is often impossible to pinpoint exactly who spreads the” coronavirus “and how, public health experts trying to understand the virus’s lightning surge through nursing homes have identified staff members working at multiple facilities as an important risk factor.” For example, new COVID-19 outbreaks at Florida’s “nursing homes have continued to emerge” after the state banned “visitations and prohibited hospitalized [COVID-19] patients from returning to nursing homes until they had twice tested virus-free,” indicating “that staff members – especially those who travel from one facility to another – are the most likely explanation.”