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Pandemic Exacerbates Long-Term Problems for Nursing Homes

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The state public health lab is organizing mass COVID-19 testing in nursing homes over the next month—starting in communities with substantial spread of the virus.

Long-term care facilities in the state face two overwhelming challenges. Their residents are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. In fact, more than half of the state’s COVID fatalities are older patients.  
 
The pandemic is also exacerbating existing financial challenges.