Alabama Nursing Home Association President & CEO Brandon Farmer today issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 testing.

“From listening to our members, we’ve become aware that there is an enormous volume of COVID-19 tests outstanding – at least more than 1,000. Our members also report to us that they’re having difficulty even obtaining tests. The long delays in receiving tests and test results puts the lives of our residents and employees at risk.

Brandon Farmer

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently lists nursing homes as Priority 2 for COVID-19 testing. That must change. Our national organization, the American Health Care Association, has asked the CDC to elevate nursing homes to Priority 1. This makes sense because we care for people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

“Alabama nursing homes are doing everything they can to care for their residents and prevent infections. Now, the government needs to provide the resources they need to keep up this fight for life.”

About the Alabama Nursing Home Association

Founded in 1951, the Alabama Nursing Home Association represents 94% of the state’s nursing homes. It is Alabama’s oldest and largest long-term and post-acute care trade organization. For more information, visit Alabama’s 231 nursing homes employ approximately 31,000 people who each day care for approximately 24,500 residents and short-term rehab patients. There is at least one nursing home in every Alabama county.

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