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Professor Nina Kohn Weighs In on New Jersey Long-Term Care During COVID-19

Posted on Thursday 12/3/2020
Nina Kohn

How NJ Can Stop The COVID Outbreaks In Long-Term Care Facilities

(Patch.com (Mendham-Chester, NJ) | Dec. 2, 2020) On Monday the Garden State imposed a new rapid testing mandate on long-term care facilities designed to help stem the spread of COVID-19 over the next two weeks. But one elder care expert says more needs to be done.

As of Wednesday, there were 342 active outbreaks and 2,967 positive residents and 3,435 positive staff members.

"COVID-19 could have been a wake-up call that it's time to get serious about holding facilities accountable for resident well-being," Syracuse University College of Law professor Nina Kohn said. "Instead, the public response has made the problem worse."

Kohn is a faculty affiliate with the Syracuse University Aging Studies Institute whose research focuses on elder law and the civil rights of older adults and persons with diminished cognitive ability. She is also a Distinguished Scholar in Elder Law at Yale Law School's Solomon Center for Health Law & Politics.

"The nursing home industry has successfully lobbied for policymakers to treat nursing homes as the victims of COVID-19 and not the vectors of it," Kohn said. "Consistent with these efforts, instead of ramping up enforcement, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services initially suspended most enforcement actions" ...

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