08.28.20

Daines to Bullock: Need Transparency on COVID-19 Cases, Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities, Status Quo Unacceptable

Calls for Increased Transparency of COVID-19 Data to Bring About Better Care for Seniors

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to Governor Steve Bullock regarding the lack of reporting of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in Montana. Daines is calling on the Governor to make this information publicly available to improve senior care, help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.  

“In Montana, outbreaks of COVID-19 in senior care facilities have tragically resulted in at least 200 positive cases and 25 deaths according to news reports; however, the data currently available provides an incomplete picture of the impact of COVID-19 on Montana’s senior communities,” Daines wrote. “In order to help mitigate the number of lives lost moving forward, I encourage you to make public cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in long-term care facilities without further delay.”

To read the full letter, click HERE.

Montana is currently one of four states not reporting COVID-19 cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. This lack of reporting causes an information gap and hinders the ability for policy makers to produce comprehensive, effective solutions that will help combat the spread of this virus and prevent future deaths.

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