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Additional Nursing Home Checks A Positive, Advocacy Group Says

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The head of a group representing non-profit nursing homes in Connecticut says it welcomes state inspections. 

The state Department of Public Health began inspections last week. Mag Morelli, with LeadingAge Connecticut, says the visits have been reassuring for nursing homes.

“They’re praising their efforts when they’re doing it correctly. And I think this check on what they’re doing, to have the regulatory agency review and tell them it is the right thing to be doing, is extremely helpful at this time.”

Morelli says nursing homes are getting masks and other personal protective equipment, but says staffing is a top concern.

Data released Friday showed nearly half of the state’s COVID-19-related deaths are connected to nursing homes.

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