COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: How the Trump Administration Failed Residents and Workers

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The Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and on Senate Committee on Finance issued a joint committee report on how the Trump administration repeatedly failed to execute a coordinated strategy to adequately prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report found that for over 4 months after receiving notice of COVID-19, the Trump administration did not track cases of COVID-19 or deaths in nursing homes, collect demographic information, or make the data accessible to the public in a timely manner. Additionally, the Trump administration failed to implement a cohesive plan to provide a steady supply of PPE to frontline workers, with nursing homes receiving inadequate supplies and FEMA distributing shipments without complete data on the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. The report recommended that urgent actions need to be taken to address the tragedy unfolding in nursing homes by ensuring data is collected to help provide necessary supplies and support to nursing homes, their residents, and the workforce.
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