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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 30, 2020 11:29 AM
From: Representative Robert F. Matzie
To: All House members
Subject: COVID-19 inspection and assessment for all long-term care facilities in PA
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all sectors of our Commonwealth, but none more so than our nursing homes. Staff and residents are being infected at much higher rates than the general public, with the death toll alarmingly high. Clearly, enough is not being done to mitigate and combat COVID-19 in these facilities.

So I’m introducing legislation that calls for the immediate inspection of all long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania. My bill will require the PA Department of Health to determine and assess each facilities’ infection control procedures, provide testing for every resident and worker, record all findings and report said findings to the public.

In addition, the Department will be required to provide the appropriate personnel and resources to each facility, as necessary, to deal with any observed outbreak in real time.

We speak often of our most vulnerable citizens. Here they are and they need our help. I ask for your support.

Introduced as HB2481