The latest release of AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard depicts a worsening crisis from coast to coast, including skyrocketing increases in deaths among Wisconsin nursing home residents since last fall.
New AARP Analysis Shows Rate of COVID-19 Deaths in Virginia Nursing Homes Has Tripled in Three Months
Virginia nursing Homes are in crisis; Nearly half of all virus deaths in most recent four-week period were nursing home residents
The latest release of AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard shows a worsening crisis from coast to coast. In the four-week period ending December 20, about one in 10 residents was diagnosed with coronavirus, and nearly 9 in 10 nursing homes (87%) reported that at least one staff member was diagnosed. The national rates of COVID cases and deaths in these facilities have approximately quadrupled in the last three months. From September 2020 to December 2020, nursing homes reported that:
The coronavirus pandemic highlighted long-standing issues with the state’s long-term care system. Problems include staffing shortages, low wages, high turnover, a lack of oversight and not enough technology for virtual visits,
AARP Tennessee will press for improved staffing in nursing homes, higher levels of personal protective equipment, more opportunities for virtual visits and regular communication between residents and families.
The immunity that protects nursing homes from civil lawsuits shields them from accountability. Last year, the General Assembly extended that immunity, when it comes to COVID-19, to assisted living facilities, hospices and home care. AARP supports efforts to roll back that extennsion.
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