Nursing home COVID-19 cases are dropping, CDC data shows

The total number of COVID-19 cases found in nursing homes has been declining for both staff and residents for several weeks, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 3,542 cases of COVID-19 found among residents of nursing homes last week is the lowest number reported since the week ending August 8.

After a marginal increase in the number of COVID cases was observed among residents of nursing homes around the end of July, likely due to the emergence of the delta variant, the rate of COVID-19, now at 3 , 23 per resident week, has been declining since September. 12.

CDC data shows that 5,354 resident cases were found in nursing homes for the week ending September 12, a rate of 4.72 cases per 1,000 residents. This represents an increase from a pandemic low of 0.28 cases per 1,000 population observed on June 27.

The same is true for resident deaths, with 514 reported to the CDC last week, up from 646 for the week of September 19.

Staff COVID-19 rates have also fallen, although the number of staff deaths is a bit more fluctuating.

The drop in the staff rate was more pronounced than the number of residents with 4,057 cases reported last week, for a rate of 3.72 per 1,000 resident weeks, compared to 7,450, or a rate of 6.53 cases. , observed on August 29.

The Biden administration announced a mandate to vaccinate all nursing home staff in mid-August and, at the time, about 82.4% of residents and 60% of staff per facility were vaccinated, reported the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS data now shows that 84.6% of nursing home residents nationwide are vaccinated and 67.1% of staff have now been vaccinated, according to data last updated on the 7th. October.

The COVID-19 death rate among nursing home staff paints a slightly different picture, however.

It shows that 36 deaths were reported among nursing home staff last week, a record since February 7, when 38 deaths were reported.

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