President Trump said he may mandate all nursing homes conduct coronavirus tests on their residents.
“Well, I would certainly consider that. I will mandate it, if you’d like,” he said to the reporter who asked why it wasn't a requirement. “I think it's important to do.”
He added that he thinks all the states should be testing nursing home residents and that they have the capacity to conduct that testing.
Members of the task force: Earlier today, on a video call with Vice President Mike Pence, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the nation’s governors, both Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx also addressed the issue.
Moving forward, Birx said, the administration is looking to test key areas, nursing homes in particular.
“We really believe that all 1 million nursing home residents need to be tested within the next two weeks as well as the staff,” she said, noting that there should be “probably weekly testing” after that.
Pence reiterated Birx’s comments, telling the governors that they should develop plans to test all nursing home residents whether their states have reached phase one reopening plans or not.
“We are recommending very strongly that as you all have been rapidly expanding testing… is that you sit your teams down today and figure out a strategy to make sure whether you’re in phase one or not… we’re calling on states across the country, start now deploying those testing resources to test the residents and staff at your nursing homes as quickly as you can get up to weekly testing,” he said.