‘We have made it our top priority to shelter our seniors’
The Trump Administration is equipping states to protect our most vulnerable population—seniors—from the effects of Coronavirus. For starters, an additional $5 billion will be allocated to nursing homes that receive funds from Medicare or Medicaid.
🎬 Our strategy is to shelter the highest-risk Americans
Nursing homes in states with elevated COVID-positive rates will be required to test their entire staffs each week. The Administration will help nursing homes comply by distributing 15,000 rapid point-of-care diagnostic devices and associated tests.
“Over the past few months, we’ve created a surveillance system to detect outbreaks, and currently 99 percent of all nursing homes are reporting directly to it. So we have great data,” President Trump said.
A safe, strong reopening requires continuing to protect older Americans, who are at an increased risk of suffering complications from Coronavirus. Data suggests that nearly half of all COVID-19 related deaths have occurred among residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Slowing the virus’ spread among this population is essential.
Throughout the pandemic, the Trump Administration has taken strong action to support nursing home residents and staff. That effort includes distributing more than 66 million gloves, 14 million masks, and 13 million gowns to over 15,000 facilities nationwide.
President Trump: Our top priority is to shelter our seniors
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