Jackson • Just 14% of Mississippi’s nursing homes have completed specialty COVID-19 training offered by the federal government to help squash transmission in their facilities.
Twenty-nine out of Mississippi’s 211 nursing homes have taken advantage of the free training as of early November – training at least 50% of their staff in COVID-19 infection control and vaccine distribution – according to new data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which regulates nursing homes.
Nationally about the same percent of all nursing homes have completed the training, so Mississippi is not alone in not ensuring all facilities have sought out and completed the training.
“We’ve provided nursing homes with $20 billion in federal funding, millions of pieces of PPE, free testing machines and supplies, and significant technical assistance and on-the-ground support,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement. “Ultimately, the ownership and management of every nursing