Mon. Sep 26th, 2022
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Two federal agencies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), have lists of 147 nursing homes where at least one resident has contracted COVID-19. But The Washington Post reports that the agencies are refusing to make this list public.

“According to CDC data shared with CMS, 147 nursing homes in 27 states have at least one resident with COVID-19,” the CMS wrote in the sixth paragraph of a Monday press release about increased nursing home inspections. But when the Post asked the CMS for the list, the agency referred the paper to the CDC. A CDC spokesperson told the Post he was “unsure” the list would be released “at this time.”

“It’s terrible – people have a right to know where this is happening,” nursing professor Charlene Harrington told the paper. “These nursing homes need to be made public so that people have an opportunity to take people out.”

Nursing homes are of particular concern during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the elderly are at a much higher risk of dying from the coronavirus. Quarantining residents in nursing homes is difficult because most have staff who take care of patients and then return home.

Some nursing homes have publicly announced when residents or staff contract COVID-19. A public announcement allows anyone who lives, works or visits the facility to take extra precautions. It’s not clear how many of the 147 facilities on the CDC’s list have been made public.

The Post notes that Florida officials have also come under pressure to release a list of 19 Florida nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks. Florida officials have declined to provide the list, citing privacy laws.

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