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Area nursing homes require extra testing for hospitalized patients



AUGUSTA, Ga. – As COVID cases continue to rise in Georgia local hospitals say beds needed for the sickest patients are being taken up by patients who cannot be discharged because of nursing home red tape.

According to Augusta University, there are currently 10 patients who would have been discharged already but because they reside in a nursing home, these patients are required to meet test result guidelines set forth by their facility.

Chief Medical Officer for AU Health, Dr. Phillip Coule, issued this statement…

“Augusta University Medical Center reports that they have as many as 10 COVID patients that could be moved to skilled nursing facilities but some facilities continue to require a negative COVID test despite CDC and DPH guidance stating such repeat tests are not recommended.”