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Nursing homes: 95 deaths, no violations


Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Teri Murphy, left, and Sheryl Kline, of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps., gather boxes of personal protection equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to send out to facilities in the state at a warehouse where the State of Oklahoma has amassed a stockpile for its COVID-19 response. The state distributed five-to-seven day supplies of PPE to all Oklahoma nursing homes after Oklahoma Watch reported that facilities were struggling to keep up.

After COVID-19 reached Oklahoma, the state health department began coronavirus-specific inspections of nursing homes, focusing on facilities already exposed.

Inspectors found no violations in the 10 nursing homes with the largest outbreaks, in which 698 residents and staff have tested positive and 95 have died.

Those facilities, which account for about half of all COVID-19 deaths and infections in state long-term care centers, were found by inspectors to be in compliance with CDC guidelines.

An Oklahoma Watch review of state data shows health officials conducted more than 200 infection cont...

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