Governor Walz this week announced a comprehensive approach to protect Minnesota’s long-term care facilities during this devastating pandemic. This plan includes:
- Expanded testing for residents and workers in long-term care facilities
- Providing testing support and troubleshooting to clear barriers faster
- Getting personal protective equipment to facilities when needed
- Ensuring adequate staffing levels for facilities
- Leveraging our partnerships with the facilities to better apply their skills and talents
Residents at long-term care facilities – which include nursing homes, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities – are at extreme risk during this pandemic due to older age, underlying medical conditions, and congregate living conditions. Shortages in testing, staffing, and PPE supply have only increased the threat these vulnerable populations face during these times.
This plan includes steps like activating the National Guard to support crisis staffing needs and developing new procedures for testing and PPE procurement. The enhanced measures outlined in Governor Walz’s plan will help protect the residents and staff at these facilities and save lives across the state. Senate DFLers applaud the focus the Walz Administration has put on these residents and workers to bolster the important work that has already been taking place within these facilities. Learn more about the five-point plan here.