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Nursing Home Names To Be Listed On COVID-19 Reports

Democrats and elder care advocates have been calling on the state to release more coronavirus related data on long-term care facilities. Saturday Governor Ron DeSantis cleared the way for the Surgeon General Scott Rivkees to start allowing the names of nursing homes with positive coronavirus cases to be listed in the daily reports.

"I have now directed him to determine that it is necessary for public health to release the names of facilities where a resident or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19," DeSantis said. "Now what had been done is as soon as there was a positive test the facility was required to notify all the other residents, all the other staff members and all the families."

Previously you could only see the total amount of cases from long term care facilities within a county. Now using data, you can determine which facilities do and don’t have an outbreak.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.