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Feds under pressure to publicly track nursing home outbreaks

Feds under pressure to publicly track nursing home outbreaks
Posted at 2:13 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 14:13:15-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal health officials are coming under increasing pressure to start publicly tracking coronavirus infections and deaths in nursing homes amid criticism they have not been transparent enough in responding to an explosion of outbreaks.

Public health experts say the lack of transparency has been a major blindspot, and that publicizing outbreaks could help officials see whether safety measures are working and identify recurring issues that are fueling the spread.

Because the federal government has not been releasing a count of its own, The Associated Press has been keeping its own tally. The latest count shows more than 4,400 deaths. 

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