Feds under pressure to publicly track nursing home outbreaks

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By CANDICE CHOI and JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal officials are coming under increasing pressure to start publicly tracking coronavirus infections and deaths in nursing homes amid criticism they have not been transparent enough in responding to an explosion of outbreaks.

Experts say the lack of transparency has been a major blindspot, and that publicizing outbreaks as they happen could not only alert nearby communities and anguished relatives but also help officials see where to focus testing and other safety measures.

Because the federal government has not been releasing a count, The Associated Press has been keeping its own tally.

The latest count shows more than 4,400 deaths.

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