By the LAist, July 24 2020 Coronavirus test tubes. Courtesy of the County of Los Angeles. Despite requiring routine COVID-19 testing for nursing home residents and workers, state nursing home inspectors are not being tested. A report by the Los Angeles Times calls into question whether these inspectors could be inadvertently spreading the virus as they travel between skilled nursing facilities to verify the safety and hygiene of those same facilities.
By Jack Dolan and Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, July 24 2020 California health officials have required COVID-19 testing of residents and employees at nursing homes, such as this one in Reseda, but have not provided comprehensive testing to their own inspectors who regularly visit the facilities.(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times) Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, California health officials have required nursing homes to bar entry to outsiders who might bring the coronavirus in with them and trigger a deadly outbreak among the elderly, vulnerable residents.