Kansas is reopening, but nursing homes not ready

TOPEKA - Residents and patients in under-resourced nursing homes, where outbreaks have fueled more than half of Kansas’ coronavirus deaths, will likely pay the steepest price for the state reopening its economy.

Nursing homes, assisted living centers and similar state-licensed facilities don’t have enough protective gear or testing to shield the people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, experts say.

And even if the facilities stay on lockdown, the state’s decision to lift stay-at-home orders could lead to more asymptomatic staff unwittingly carrying the virus to work.



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