What coronavirus could mean for the future of long-term care facilities in Minnesota

Nearly 600 people have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota, according to numbers released Monday. The vast majority of those cases have been people living in congregate care settings, like nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The spread of the virus is creating a dire challenge for the long-term care industry, with many wondering what the future of residential care for seniors will look like, even once the outbreak winds down.

MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Joe Gaugler to learn more. Gaugler directs the Center on Aging at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

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