Nursing Homes Hit With COVID-19 Need Help From Trump Admin

Nursing Homes Hit With COVID-19 Need Help From Trump Admin

At least 75,000 Americans in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have already died from COVID-19—and the devastation is far from over. But since then, research has shown that infection spreading in the community is the biggest factor in predicting outbreaks in nursing homes. If nursing homes test at the required frequency, the supply of free tests provided by HHS will run out rapidly. He recently co-authored a paper in the journal Health Affairs that showed one in five nursing homes still report “severe” shortages of PPE and staffing. Nursing homes typically operate on thin margins, and long-term care workers—mostly poor women of color—are underpaid and overworked in the best of times.

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