Trump says he would ‘certainly consider’ mandating states to test all nursing home residents
President Donald Trump said Monday that he would “certainly consider” mandating governors to test all nursing home residents for the coronavirus.
“I will mandate it if you like,” Trump told a reporter who asked why the White House had not issued such an order.
Nursing homes have in some states become hotbeds for the spread of the disease.
In New York, the state hardest hit by the pandemic, more than 5,300 people living in nursing homes have died from the virus, according to the Associated Press. In nursing homes and long-term care facilities nationwide, more than 26,000 people have died of the virus, the AP reported.
Those deaths count for more than one-quarter of all coronavirus deaths in the U.S. so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
A federal mandate to test nursing home residents would mark the Trump administration’s first national coronavirus order …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]