Nursing homes that don’t have the machines and kits need to send their samples to private labs, but some say the prices are impossible to afford long-term.
Phillips County Retirement Center got a coronavirus testing machine this month from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
But it will run out of the sample-collecting kits that came with the device on Monday, just one week after turning it on, the Kansas News Service reports.
Twenty miles away, the county’s other nursing home is still waiting for its machine.
“It’s been a really big struggle just to even try to find out who knows where it is,” said Teresa McComb, who runs Logan Manor Community Health Services.
A new federal rule promises to protect nursing home residents from COVID-19 by requiring all workers to undergo testing up to twice a week. Homes should either use machines sent by HHS or