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State Considers Expansion Of COVID Recovery Nursing Homes

With coronavirus spreading more rapidly in Connecticut, the state Department of Public Health is planning to expand operations of its COVID-19 recovery facilities. The state currently has more than 3oo beds at four locations. It hopes to have as many as 4oo beds if a location in Eastern Connecticut is added. The facilities are nursing homes set up as isolation facilities for people who are still in the contagious stage of the illness, and who need nursing home care. In the spring surge, at most 50 people were in the recovery facilities at any given time, but state public health officials say that number could be higher this time, to help nursing homes slow transmission of the disease when there is an outbreak.

Matt Dwyer is a producer for Where We Live and a reporter and midday host for Connecticut Public's news department.

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