BOSTON (AP) — Almost every nursing home in Massachusetts has tested virtually every resident and staff member for the coronavirus, according to state data, but experts warn that continued vigilance is necessary to prevent new outbreaks. The testing has been completed at 350 out of 360 nursing homes in the state, the state Public Health Department said. “I would say the worst of this surge has passed for now, but we are going to remain ever-vigilant,” Rich Bane, CEO of BaneCare nursing homes told The Boston Globe. “The new normal is intense vigilance on infection control until we can have a vaccine.” The state asked long-term care facilities to test 90% of their staff and residents in order to qualify for a share of $130 million in additional funds the state allotted to cover pandemic costs. The state paid for the one-time testing, but experts said facilities will need even more funding going forward. More than 20,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities in Massachusetts have tested positive for the virus, and more than 60% of the state’s more than 6,600 coronavirus-related deaths were nursing home residents. ___ DROPKICK MURPHYS, SPRINGSTEEN CHARITY SHOW There won’t be any fans in… Read full this story
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