As the COVID delta variant continues to surge in Minnesota, long-term care workers are concerned about new guidelines requiring most Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers to vaccinate staff members within 60 days. Kari Thurlow with LeadingAge Minnesota says…

“Our key focus has to be to retain as many current staff as possible, in nursing homes, and to make coordinated contingency plans to ensure seniors continue to have access to quality senior care options.”

Thurlow says most settings cannot even afford to lose one or two staff members at this time.