State begins testing all residents of nursing homes, assisted living centers

YANKTON, S.D. (WNAX) – Testing of all residents of nursing homes and assisted living centers in South Dakota began this week.

Doug Ekeren of Yankton Heads up the Long Term Care Advisory Task Force.

Ekeren says the testing sets a starting point.

Ekeren says residents can opt out of the tests if they want.

The tests will cover about 7,500 residents and staff statewide.