For the past week, about two dozen Pennsylvania National Guard members have been stationed at the Phoebe Allentown elder care facility. More than 200 residents and staff were infected.
Officials in Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration say the state doesn’t have the money to maintain a key feature of the state’s response to coronavirus outbreaks in Pennsylvania’s nursing homes.
COVID vaccines are now being administered to the employees of Northampton County’s Nursing Home. Staff members at Gracedale also have a cash incentive to get the shots.
Northampton County will use up to $490,000 in Federal CARES money to help persuade workers at Gracedale to get vaccinated.