Commissioner Levine Cava said, “I wish the Governor and his administration spent the same energy fighting to stop the disease from getting into our nursing homes as he has in fighting to stop information from getting out. We know that nursing homes and assisted living facilities are especially susceptible to outbreaks of COVID-19 and more aggressive action is not only welcome, it is long overdue.
“We need to see ongoing, regular testing of all nursing home and ALF workers and proper isolation of staff and patients exposed to the virus. Above all, we need more clear data on infections and hospitalizations, including a concise plan on how these facilities will prevent the spread of this virus as the impacts are deadly for our most fragile residents. Our elders deserve respect and care from the agencies responsible for their welfare.”