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AP takes a multinational look at the issues facing nursing homes

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AP teams in Europe and the U.S. put together separate packages looking at the issues and concerns facing nursing homes during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Nurses comfort a resident at Wren Hall nursing home in the central England village of Selston, April 20, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic is taking a huge emotional and physical toll not only on families, but on staff in Britain’s nursing homes, who often feel like they’re toiling on a forgotten front line. – AP Photo / Frank Augstein

In the U.K. and France, staffers John Leicester, multimedia reporter, Paris; Jill Lawless, correspondent, London; Jo Kearney, video journalist, London; Jean-Francois Badias, photographer, eastern France and Frank Augstein, photographer, London, produced three all-formats exclusives taking a searing look behind the scenes of nursing homes in Britain in France, exposing the pain that residents, families and medical staff are suffering as COVID-19 cuts a deadly path through homes for the elderly, killing thousands.

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A patient is prepared to be loaded into the back of an ambulance by emergency medical workers outside Cobble Hill Health Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, April 17, 2020. The nursing home was listed as having 55 residents who died from COVID-19. None had ever been tested for the virus. – AP Photo / John Minchillo

In the U.S.,New York staffers Bernard Condon,investigative reporter; Matt Sedensky,reporter,national reporting team; Randy Herschaft,investigative researcher; and reporters Jim Mustian and Jennifer Peltz exposed the lack of coronavirus testing in U.S. nursing homes with two strong pieces,one finding only a third of such facilities have access to tests despite more than 13,000 deaths,and another on an outbreak in Brooklyn in which none of the 55 residents listed as dying from COVID-19 had ever been tested. That story,accompanied by John Minchillo photos,moved just three days after the state announcement of 55 deaths at the Cobble Hill Health Center, and it beat hometown outlets to the punch.
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Complementing the New York pieces, a video by Seattle photographer Ted Warren depicts a Washington nursing home that test all patients and staff to stop outbreaks before they can spread:

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