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Covid19 Testing For All Arkansas Nursing Home Residents And Staff

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

ARKANSAS NURSING HOMES – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has a goal to test 2% of the state’s population for the coronavirus by the end of May, Hutchinson announced he also wants to test every resident and employee of nursing homes in Arkansas . He made this announcement yesterday at his Covid-19 update in Little Rock.

“This will result in approximately 40,000 to 50,000 new tests simply by testing staff and nursing home residents next month, in June, in those facilities,” Hutchinson explained.

Credit Courtesy: Arkansas Governors Office
Courtesy: Arkansas Governors Office
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced all nursing home residents and staff will be tested for Covid-19 during the month of June.

Hutchinson also gave an update on direct payments to more than 8,000 employees in long term care facilities in Arkansas.  The enhanced payments will total over $21 million dollars which were approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which were requested by Arkansas due to the Covid-19 emergency.