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Nursing home testing a massive challenge for Pennsylvania

It's unclear who would administer the tests, who would supply them and — who would pay.
By Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Updated: May 22, 2020 | 9:29 am

Pa. health officials quietly alter erroneous nursing home case, death counts as providers cry foul

Provider associations said publishing erroneous data has sown panic and anger among family members, distrust among nursing home staff, and frustration for providers.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Updated: May 20, 2020 | 2:43 pm

FULL LIST: Pa. releases names of nursing homes with coronavirus cases, deaths

As the number of deaths inside Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities grew, lawmakers and advocates for seniors called on the state and federal government to release the list.
By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Pa. sold nursing home testing plan as ‘universal’ and ‘radical,’ but advocates say it’s optional and insufficient

State officials opted against making testing mandatory, and some fear certain facilities won’t follow their suggestions.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Updated: May 12, 2020 | 4:33 pm

In major reversal, Gov. Tom Wolf says Pa. will begin weekly testing of nursing home residents, employees

In recent weeks, the state's top health official said this type of widespread testing was unrealistic, both because of a lack of supplies and the inaccuracy of tests.
By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Pa. had an early plan to protect nursing home residents from the coronavirus, but never fully implemented it

Similar measures to those envisioned were later put in place, but only after widespread outbreaks were already underway.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA and Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Call for increased testing at Pa. nursing, personal care and veteran’s homes hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic

The facilities account for about two-thirds of the commonwealth’s coronavirus-related deaths.
By Julia Agos

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