Matzie bill spurs DOH action on nursing home testing
AMBRIDGE, May 12 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, issued the following statement today in response to news that the Pennsylvania Department of Health will institute universal COVID-19 testing in nursing homes and personal care facilities statewide.
“As a result of my bill, the PA DOH announced a universal testing plan for all nursing homes and personal care facilities. In addition, data will be collected and publicly released in accordance to CMS standards.
“Residents, families, staff and the public have lost faith in many facilities regarding their safety and transparency. Although long overdue, this is a positive first step - but just a first step. The task will not be completed until COVID-19 numbers in nursing homes and personal care facilities are brought to zero.”