CDC to Monitor Coronavirus in Nursing Homes
ATLANTA, Ga. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, better known by the acronym CDC, receives reports of every case of coronavirus stemming from a nursing home. New regulations require nursing homes and long-term healthcare facilities to report new coronavirus cases to patients and their families as well. CNN reports that reporting requirements will increase so that family members of nursing home residents can receive updates about the conditions in nursing homes. Patients and staff in nursing homes and long-term healthcare facilities are exceedingly vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. Thousands of people who lived in nursing homes across the country have died from the virus. *
Nursing homes are always mandated to report COVID-19 infections among residents and staff to state and local health boards. Now under the new regulations from the CDC, nursing homes must inform patients and their families about a new infection within twelve hours after the positive test result and must publish weekly updates on the virus.
The reporting requirements will help keep nursing home residents and their patients well-informed about coronavirus exposure.
The federal Medicare and Medicaid system will also keep track of COVID-19 statistics and make them available to the public. The administrator of the program has stated that these reporting requirements can help public health officials assess the spread of the virus. The reports also are another data point that can guide officials who are trying to decide when to reopen local economies. Federal agencies are also trying to help nursing homes prevent the spread of the virus by issuing personal protective equipment and offering guidance.
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