At a coronavirus task force briefing, Seema Verma, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that nursing homes must start relaying information regarding patient details to their families as well as to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 

As thousands die without their loved ones in these nursing homes, the least that could be done is to provide proper information to the families. Moreover, Verma’s briefing has wider implications as well. As the nation moves towards re-opening, the reports coming directly from nursing homes will serve as a surveillance report, adequate for aid in contact-tracing and maintaining records. 

“This will support CDC’s efforts to have surveillance around the country and to support efforts around contact-tracing” in communities where the spread began in nursing homes and health-care facilities. 

Inefficiency on the part of the state, lack of testing kits combined with the unforeseen outbreak has led to massive death tolls.

“They need to know what’s going on in the nursing home,” adds Verma as she recounts the death toll of people who’ve died at nursing homes and other care facilities so far. The figure is 1,135, about 9% of the entire death toll of the nation so far.