Alabama’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Crisis

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AARP Alabama hosted this Access Live Event to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic in Alabama’s nursing homes, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities. This event featured: Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health; Ilene Henshaw, AARP Director of State Health and Family Advocacy; John Matson, Communications Director, Alabama Nursing Homes Assisted Living Task Force; and Virginia Moore-Bell, State Long Term Care Ombudsman. They discussed current cases of COVID-19 in the state, availability of PPE in nursing homes, facility restrictions and policies, and testing protocols. Participants asked questions about notifying family members if a resident has contracted the virus and stimulus checks for nursing home residents.