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At Least 50% Of States Unable To Meet White House Objective Of Testing All Nursing Home Residents, Workers, Analysis Finds

  • May 26, 2020

The AP (5/25, Suderman) reported that almost two weeks ago, the White House encouraged “governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days” but a review conducted by the AP “found that at least half of the states are not going to meet White House’s deadline and some aren’t even bothering to try.” The article said “a handful of states, including West Virginia and Rhode Island, have said they’ve already tested every nursing home resident.” Many “said the logistics, costs and manpower needs are too great to test all residents and staff in a two-week window. Some say they need another week or so, while others say they need much more time.” Meanwhile, “other states are questioning whether testing every nursing home resident and staff, regardless of any other factors, is a good use of time and money.”
      Forbes (5/24, Brewster) and The Hill (5/24, Coleman) also covered the story.