Nursing homes stricken as Pennsylvania death toll tops 2,000

Help is on the way for area nursing homes hit hard during the coronavirus crisis.

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April 30, 2020 - 5:11 am
Adrina Rodriguez (L) talks with a nurse through a window as she visits her father who is a patient at the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center that has tested negative for COVID-19 on April 14, 2020 in Hayward, California.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Health officials say COVID-19 has killed hundreds more Pennsylvania nursing home residents than was previously known. The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported 479 new COVID-19 deaths, with 339 of them at nursing and personal care homes. That raises the state's overall death toll to more than 2,100. Nursing homes now account for 65% of all deaths attributed to the virus in Pennsylvania. Nursing homes cite shortages of personal protective equipment and say they haven't been able to do enough diagnostic testing to be able to quickly identify and isolate patients and staff who have the virus. By MICHAEL RUBINKAM and MARC LEVY (AP)

Help is on the way for area nursing homes hit hard during the coronavirus crisis. The NEPA Nursing Home SOS (Supply Operate Save) Program was created by a 250 thousand dollar donation from the Earth Conservance and matching grant of 250 thousand dollars from AllOne Foundation and Charities. The Luzerne Foundation and Carbon county Community Foundation will also secure additional funding. The money will be used to purchase and distrubute resources to help stop the spread of COVID 19 in the facilities. 

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