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HARRISBURG — Lobbyists for the nursing home industry said Thursday that while vaccination efforts have caused the number of COVID-19 cases and the number of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes to plummet, the industry is continuing to struggle to cope with the cost of personal protective equipment, COVID testing and personnel costs.

They told the Senate aging committee that they’d like the state to devote almost $450 million in federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars to help the long-term care industry.

Last year, the state provided close to $300 million to the nursing home industry through CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act funding.

“Case counts have plummeted among our residents since the January surge, with a 92 percent drop in the average…

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