Bloomberg Law
May 21, 2020, 5:31 PM

Most Nursing Homes Short of Covid-19 Tests for Residents, Staff

Alex Ruoff
Alex Ruoff

Most of the country’s nursing homes can’t test all their residents and staff for Covid-19, an industry survey shows, potentially thwarting efforts to stop outbreaks among the most vulnerable to the virus.

State and federal agencies are asking nursing and assisted living homes to perform coronavirus tests regularly to help prevent outbreaks among the elderly and could face fines if they fail to do so. Eight states have rolled out universal testing plans for elder care facilities and are reporting mixed results.

Widespread testing is costly and most of these facilities are struggling to get supplies or access to laboratories ...

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