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State says it doesn't have resources to provide more testing for long-term care facilities

More than half of Iowa's COVID-19 deaths are connected with long-term care facilities. Recent federal guidelines are calling for more routine staff testing to be done. But the state said they don't have the resources to help with that need. The state says routine staff testing would have to happen once or even twice a week under these requirements. How often the testing would occur depends on a county's positivity rate. Sign up for our...

The Iowa Department of Public Health said the State Hygienic Lab won't be able to process all long-term care staff tests.The Iowa Health Care Association's President said if a specific incident happens the State Hygienic Lab will still get involved."What the State Hygienic Lab is still doing and is still processing for nursing homes is a facilitywide test," said Brent Willett, President and CEO of Iowa Health Care Association.KCCI Des Moines p senior p More than half of Iowa's COVID-19 deaths are connected with long-term care facilities.

21 DMPD: Teens charged, victim identified in city's 19th homicide of 2020 Waukee mayor delays mask mandate in light of new public health data Ankeny Community Schools quarantine numbers nearly double this week READ THE FULL STORY: State says it doesn't have resources to provide more testing for long-term care facilities CHECK OUT KCCI: Get the latest Des Moines news and weather.Recent federal guidelines are calling for more routine staff testing to be done.

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