Nursing home testing a massive challenge for Pennsylvania

Gov. Wolf says an aggressive plan will be in place by June 1st

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May 21, 2020 - 7:10 pm
Shirley Gooding, a physical Therapy Aid, helps William Rexroat, a WWII Navy veteran exercise during a physical therapy session at the Quincy Veterans Home February 17, 2005 in Quincy, Illinois

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania must boost its testing numbers several times over to meet Gov. Tom Wolf's goal of administering a weekly coronavirus test to well over 100,000 people in long-term care facilities across the state. It's a gigantic undertaking that state health officials are scrambling to make a reality in less than two weeks, and some experts are skeptical. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have struggled for months to contain the virus. Residents of long-term care homes account for roughly two-thirds of the statewide death toll of more than 4,800. Wolf insists his administration has a plan in place starting June 1 to test every employee and every patient once a week.

By MARC LEVY and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press

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