Nursing homes prepare for visitors as restrictions ease

Henrietta Strickland
June 17, 2020

Scalise was joined by four other committee Republicans Monday sending letters to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, each who directed their state nursing home facilities to accept coronavirus patients even as older individuals are more vulnerable to viral complications. "And thousands of nursing home patients died in each of these cases that shouldn't have died".

Nursing homes have been by far the settings worst hit by the virus with up to 60% of fatalities linked to Covid reported in long-term and residential care settings.

"As we continue working to protect MI families from the spread of COVID-19 and lower the chance of a second wave, we must do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable Michiganders and those frontline workers who care for them", said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

For nursing home staff, there have been 3,133 cases and 20 deaths, and this represents date recorded since the beginning of the year. "Despite CMS' broad legal authority, the agency has largely deferred to states, local governments, and for-profit nursing homes to respond to the coronavirus crisis".

Nursing homes must submit coronavirus testing plans to state regulators by June 22 and implement them within seven days after that.

Testing of all new or returning residents during intake unless tested within 72 hours of intake. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) ignored federal guidelines and "forced seniors to go back to the nursing homes, even if they were COVID-positive", and also accused New Jersey and IL of ignoring federal guidelines.

- Testing of any resident or staff member with symptoms of or exposure to coronavirus.

Homes with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 cases will not receive visitors and other homes are awaiting result of tests for asymptomatic staff and residents.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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