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AHCA and NCAL Calls for Government Assistance for COVID-19 Testing Featured

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The cost of ongoing COVID testing of nursing home residents and staff is unsustainable without additional funding and support from federal and state governments. Even the CDC’s recent recommendation to test all nursing home staff weekly would cost more than $1 billion every month. 

“For months now, we have been advocating for expanded and priority testing in nursing homes to protect our residents and caregivers, but this is a significant undertaking and cost for nursing homes to shoulder on their own.  That’s why we have asked HHS to grant our request for a $10 billion emergency relief to help fund expedited testing and the additional staffing needed to respond to this unprecedented health crisis.” 

Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of American Health Care Association and National Center of Assisted Living
 

STATE BY STATE BREAKDOWN: COVID-19 TESTING FOR NURSING HOMES
Testing every U.S. nursing home resident and staff once would cost $440 million

Regular testing of nursing home residents and staff is unsustainable without federal/state funding
 

State

# of Nursing Facilities1

# of Nursing Home Residents1

# of Nursing Home Staff2

Total # of Tests2

Total Cost3

NATIONWIDE

15,429

1,327,678

1,603,800

1,343,107

$439,721,700

AK

19

682

N/A

N/A

N/A

AL

228

22,962

27,350

23,190

$7,546,800

AR

226

17,465

22,380

17,691

$5,976,750

AZ

146

11,965

16,180

12,111

$4,221,750

CA

1,193

103,480

139,060

104,673

$36,381,000

CO

227

16,796

20,330

17,023

$5,568,900

CT

215

22,156

32,550

22,371

$8,205,900

DC

18

2,319

2,720

2,337

$755,850

DE

46

4,175

4,760

4,221

$1,340,250

FL

701

73,312

95,390

74,013

$25,305,300

GA

358

33,387

33,720

33,745

$10,066,050

HI

44

3,647

4,550

3,691

$1,229,550

IA

434

23,170

28,440

23,604

$7,741,500

ID

82

4,178

5,260

4,260

$1,415,700

IL

722

66,081

76,860

66,803

$21,441,150

IN

534

39,004

47,770

39,538

$13,016,100

KS

331

17,021

17,890

17,352

$5,236,650

KY

285

22,902

27,290

23,187

$7,528,800

LA

278

26,137

26,880

26,415

$7,952,550

MA

376

37,577

49,860

37,953

$13,115,550

MD

226

23,861

29,010

24,087

$7,930,650

ME

93

5,856

8,410

5,949

$2,139,900

MI

442

38,099

44,100

38,541

$12,329,850

MN

368

24,065

42,260

24,433

$9,948,750

MO

522

38,202

44,400

38,724

$12,390,300

MS

204

15,915

18,010

16,119

$5,088,750

MT

71

3,955

5,270

4,026

$1,383,750

NC

428

36,630

44,840

37,058

$12,220,500

ND

80

5,341

9,570

5,421

$2,236,650

NE

201

11,029

14,500

11,230

$3,829,350

NH

74

6,476

6,590

6,550

$1,959,900

NJ

363

43,315

47,410

43,678

$13,608,750

NM

71

5,681

6,860

5,752

$1,881,150

NV

66

5,842

7,360

5,908

$1,980,300

NY

619

104,383

121,990

105,002

$33,955,950

OH

957

72,115

94,220

73,072

$24,950,250

OK

298

18,268

20,410

18,566

$5,801,700

OR

130

7,352

11,950

7,482

$2,895,300

PA

695

75,847

72,350

76,542

$22,229,550

RI

80

7,721

9,920

7,801

$2,646,150

SC

191

17,053

19,200

17,244

$5,437,950

SD

105

5,646

7,170

5,751

$1,922,400

TN

316

27,164

33,760

27,480

$9,138,600

TX

1,219

93,561

99,780

94,780

$29,001,150

UT

99

5,723

9,360

5,822

$2,262,450

VA

287

28,205

29,790

28,492

$8,699,250

VT

36

2,448

3,720

2,484

$925,200

WA

206

15,628

21,290

15,834

$5,537,700

WI

359

22,043

29,420

22,402

$7,719,450

WV

123

9,519

9,350

9,642

$2,830,350

WY

37

2,319

2,070

2,356

$658,350

           

1Census Data
2Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Employment - Nursing Facilities (May 2019)
3Estimated cost of $150 per test


* Note: Does not include cost of testing for assisted living or other long-term care facilities

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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