State readies plan for opening nursing homes, but industry skeptical

 

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Staff wearing protective gear work at an eastern Oklahoma nursing home.

State health officials are developing a plan that could allow visitors back into nursing homes. But facility managers and industry advocates point to complications with testing and a shortage of protective equipment as signals that Oklahoma isn't ready to reopen the homes.

Federal guidelines released this week for reopening nursing homes provide a framework for states to develop their own guidelines. The three-phase plan from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services includes weekly testing of all staff members, a COVID-19 infection control inspection before each phase and access to ex...



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