AARP Indiana is
urging Gov. Eric Holcomb, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the
Family and Social Services Administration to be more transparent about the
incidence of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.
facilities included nursing, skilled nursing, residential, and assisted
AARP Indiana State
Director Sarah Waddle issued the following statement after deadline on
“Early in this
outbreak we engaged in conversations with the administration on ways to
assist individuals in long-term care facilities and their families during
these unprecedented times. During these discussions, we expressed our
support for the public reporting of the incidences of COVID-19 infections
and deaths by facility. While the state has chosen to report aggregate data
statewide, it is clear that more must be done to inform residents, families,
and the public. Too much confusion exists and the simplest way to clear up
that confusion is the public release of the data.
is essential to protect residents in facilities and for families to make
safe and informed choices about where their loved ones will receive care.
But it’s also necessary for all Hoosiers to know what is happening in their
communities and have trust in their leaders. This information helps ensure
that adequate supplies, such as virus tests and personal protective
equipment, are deployed to facilities that need them most.
“Gov. Holcomb has
shown a willingness to re-examine and adjust Indiana’s public health
policies due to the rapidly changing landscape. AARP Indiana believes the
time has come to make one of those adjustments.”