Provider associations said publishing erroneous data has sewn panic and anger among family members, distrust among nursing home staff, and frustration for providers.
Gov. Tom Wolf on the same day vetoed a bill to restart the real estate industry, angering Republicans in the legislature.
The rebate program is aimed at low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
As the number of deaths inside Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities grew, lawmakers and advocates for seniors called on the state and federal government to release the list.
State officials opted against making testing mandatory, and some fear certain facilities won’t follow their suggestions.
The union says health systems are sitting on stockpiles of N95 respirators, leaving nurses without needed protection, as some hospitals restart elective procedures.
Advocates have widely praised the department’s efforts, but are concerned about potential harms to inmate mental health.
The GOP-controlled state Senate approved a bill that would give counties the power to opt out of Gov. Tom Wolf’s business closure and stay-at-home orders.
The Department of Community and Economic Development, which oversees the process, said it was part of ongoing “quality control.”
The announcement is a reversal for the administration, which for weeks has said it has done everything possible to protect nursing homes and maintained that only people with symptoms should be tested, despite the known spread of the disease from carriers with no signs of illness.
The Wolf administration rejected the request on Friday, though it did for the first time release a list of more than 5,000 businesses that were granted waivers.
The Democratic governor said counties that do so are risking federal stimulus dollars for coronavirus response.
They are particularly at risk of serious complications or death if they get the coronavirus, but if they refuse to work, they could lose their job and unemployment.
Reopening too soon could exacerbate the already devastating death toll in long-term care facilities, experts say.
Similar measures to those envisioned were later put in place, but only after widespread outbreaks were already underway.