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Our View: Toomey, Casey on right track to tackle substandard care …

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Our View: Toomey, Casey on right track to tackle substandard care …

Toomey and Caseys interest in whats happening inside nursing home facilities predates COVID. In June 2019, the pair released a report "uncovering poor care …

Our View: Pat Toomey, Bob Casey team up for nursing home oversight EDITORIALS

Whenever Pennsylvania Senators Pat Toomey, R, and Bob Casey, D, agree on something and decide to work together, it catches our attention.

We’re absolutely riveted when that something would provide additional inspections and oversight at underperforming nursing homes.

Heck, in May, we advocated for more inspections at Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities ourselves, particularly since we believed then — and we still do today — that these sites — even more so than our hospitals — are where the battle with COVID-19 will be won or lost.

More than 30,000 nursing home residents and some 6,200 workers have been infected across 11,200 facilities statewide, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Toomey says that two out of every three of the commonwealth’s COVID deaths have been nursing home or long-term care residents. That’s about 6,200 of approximately 9,500 coronavirus-related deaths.

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