National Guard Strike Teams to Begin Random Testing in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
During yesterday's press conference, Governor Ron DeSantis said that he has added 10 National Guard strike teams to ramp up random testing for residents and staff in long term care facilities -- specifically nursing homes and assisted living communities.
Governor DeSantis said this is an important step to aggressively test to prevent the spread of the virus. This additional random testing process will begin in communities in south Florida.
This past weekend, the National Guard began on-site testing as part of the State’s commitment to keeping COVID-19 out of ALFs and SNFs. To date, National Guard soldiers are taking swab samples of residents and staff in about two facilities per day.
In addition to random testing, the National Guard is also focusing on testing in facilities with one to five positive cases, National Guard soldiers will call in advance and may ask for help in obtaining consents.