Thousands of skilled nursing workers could get “Hero Awards” for their pandemic efforts.
Nursing homes, not hospitals, have been the “front line” in the battle against COVID-19, though government officials and others didn’t seem to notice, skilled nursing’s top lobbyist and spokesman declared on a national television interview in April.
Some legal aspects about publicly reporting nursing homes’ COVID-19 infection rates and deaths were being ironed out as of press time. But federal authorities made it clear in late April that facilities would be required to inform residents, families and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about outbreaks.
An expanding coronavirus pandemic continued to devastate the long-term care sector on numerous fronts throughout the end of March and April, even before stories of massive numbers of deaths in facilities started to emerge.
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