Personal care attendants in Minnesota would be allowed to work more hours per month and they’d get a temporary 15-percent pay raise, under a COVID-19 response bill moving forward in the Minnesota House.   David Bolin (BOE-lin) with Circle of Life Homecare told lawmakers people who need special care would rather stay in their home than go to a facility:

“Across the country the rates of infection in congregate settings has been pretty high, and so we want to keep our people in their home where they have less risk.”

Industry officials told lawmakers there’s a shortage of personal care attendants, because more and more are being told to self-quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19.