NC was slow to test nursing home patients, staff for coronavirus

Three months into the coronavirus pandemic, North Carolina has finally decided to test all of the state’s nursing homes. WRAL reports that nursing home owners felt like they were “on their own” for weeks at the beginning of the crisis. More than 600 nursing home residents have died, the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths in North Carolina.

“Decisions we made on testing, to not testing people coming in to nursing homes in March and much of April, unless they showed symptoms, may have let the virus into homes it otherwise wouldn’t have affected,” WRAL said.

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