AARP INDIANA STATEMENT ON STATE’S DECISION TO RELEASE COVID-19 LONG-TERM CARE DATA

Posted on 07/01/20

(Indianapolis, IN) – For months, AARP Indiana and other stakeholders advocated for the release of long-term care facility-specific data on COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Today, during Governor Eric Holcomb’s COVID-19 press briefing, Dr. Daniel Rusyniak, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Chief Medical Officer, announced that the State of Indiana will disclose which facilities have had COVID-19 cases through an interactive dashboard. Rusyniak said preliminary data reaching back to March 1 will be available to the public in mid-July, with the fully interactive public dashboard coming 2-4 weeks after that.

Please see below for a full statement on this development from AARP Indiana State Director Sarah Waddle:

“Today’s announcement by Dr. Rusyniak that the state will release facility-specific COVID-19 data is welcomed news for Hoosiers. This is information they have deserved for months. We appreciate all of the caregivers, members of the media, and others who joined in helping convince the administration that releasing this data is what’s in the best interest for not only residents and their families, but communities across the state. “This announcement is a strong step toward clearing up the confusion stemming from data provided by different agencies, and it is our hope that this new dashboard will bring more transparency to the difficulties we have seen at our long-term care facilities during this health crisis.

“We look forward to hearing more details from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration as they endeavor to build this platform and give Hoosier families the information they need to keep loved ones safe.”

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About AARP Indiana

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. The Indiana office has been involved in issues affecting Hoosiers ages 50+, including providing more assistance for family caregivers, encouraging retirement savings, and encouraging local leaders to make their communities more livable. To learn more visit www.aarp.org/in or follow @aarpindiana on Twitter and Facebook.

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