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White House recommends COVID-19 testing of more than 1M nursing home residents, staff in next 2 weeks

The White House is recommending that all nursing home residents and staff be tested for the new coronavirus in the next two weeks.

Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told governors on a video conference call Monday that it’s the federal government’s strong recommendation that such testing be done.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the task force coordinator, told governors to focus over the next two weeks on testing all 1 million nursing home residents. She said the White House will help states that need it.

Nursing homes and the elderly have been shown to be especially susceptible to the virus.

The Associated Press obtained a recording of the meeting.

Florida has been maintaining a spreadsheet of cases in long-term care facilities.

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Author: Associated Press
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