Jenkins Living Center

The Trump Administration along with the United States Department of Health and Human Services have announced a large-scale procurement of rapid point of care diagnostic test instruments and tests to be distributed to nursing homes throughout the United States. 

The initiative is a one time procurement of devices and tests targeted to facilitate on site testing among nursing home residents and staff.  Nursing homes will now be able to augment their current capacity for coronavirus testing, bolstering their response and helping to prevent the spread of the Coronaovirus.  

Lorin Diekman is the CEO of Jenkins in Watertown. He says that is 15,400 nursing homes across the country and each of them will be receiving the devices and supplies.... 

Diekman says that after closing Jenkins to outside visitors for the last four months, this is very exciting news....... 

Diekman says that the rapid testing is crucial in the nursing home setting..... 

Beginning this week, over 2000 kits have been sent out to nursing home facilities in COVID-19 hot spots across the United States.  The Centers for Medicaid Services administrator, Seema Verma says “This new testing initiative is critical for keeping vulnerable older adults safe while delivering the quality of life they deserve.” 

Diekman says the goal is to have all of the devices in place within the next six weeks.