Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

Posted at 6:18 AM, Aug 04, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.

A program that sounded like a game changer when it was announced last month at the White House is now prompting concerns that it could turn into another unfulfilled promise for nursing homes.

Residents and staff of nursing homes account for as many as 4 in 10 coronavirus deaths.

Administration officials respond that nursing homes can pay for ongoing testing from a $5 billion federal allocation available to them.