Governor Inslee Announces Coronavirus Testing for LTC Facilities Staffers, Residents | The Seattle Times

Governor Inslee Announces Coronavirus Testing for LTC Facilities Staffers, Residents | The Seattle Times

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced a state directive requiring nursing homes and the memory-care units in assisted-living facilities to offer testing to their residents for the new coronavirus.

Announced in a news conference, the directive also requires those facilities to test staffers for the virus, except those who can prove a medical exemption.

“To help in this effort, our state is going to be sending test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to nursing homes” as well as memory-care units, Inslee said.

The tests are meant to help detect — and ideally curb — the spread of the virus in long-term care facilities, which emerged immediately during the pandemic as high-risk locations for outbreaks and fatalities.  Full article

 

Questions?

Contact:

Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN

Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services, LeadingAge Washington

c: 360-691-9281

 

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