Prison workers get free testing; gear going to nursing homes

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina government is offering widespread testing or protective equipment to workers in two of the more vulnerable living settings for COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Department of Public Safety unveiled on Thursday a plan to make free testing available starting next week to employees in state prisons and those who supervise offenders in the community. An earlier initiative failed to materialize.

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Gov. Roy Cooper also says packages of personal protective equipment are being sent to each of the state’s 3,800 long-term care facilities.

More than half of North Carolina’s COVID-19-related deaths have involved nursing home residents.