Georgia Steers Virus Aid to Care Homes as Rapid Tests Arrive
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says that $113 million in federal coronavirus relief funds will be made available to nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The funding will be used to bolster staffing and staff testing, according to news release sent Friday by Kemp’s office.
As of Thursday, over 2,530 residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities with 25 beds or more had died after contracting the coronavirus, according to data from the state Department of Community Health. That's out of roughly 7,060 total virus deaths across Georgia.
In a separate announcement, the state Department of Public Health said it has received more than 200,000 rapid COVID-19 tests for use in critical areas.