COVID-19 testing continues at long-term care facilities across the Mid-South

Testing at long-term care facilities in the Mid-South

We are near that deadline and it appears that half of the states won’t meet it. However, Mid-South states are still working to get the job done.

Although they won’t meet the deadlines The White House said to test every resident and staff member in a nursing home. Tennessee and Mississippi have set time frames to test everyone by the end of this month and Arkansas by the end of June.

There’s been a push to do this because in each of these states, nursing homes not only make up a chunk of those who’ve tested positive for coronavirus, but also those who’ve died from it.

In Tennessee over a third of deaths are traced back to those facilities. More than 40 residents have died in Shelby County alone.

Overall a third of coronavirus deaths in the nation go back to residents and staff members in nursing homes. Which shows just how vulnerable that population is to the virus.

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