AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard was updated as of July 15, 2021 and tracks five categories of the impact of COVID-19 in nursing homes, which has killed more than 184,000 nursing home residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The AARP Dashboard is updated every month to track trends over time. The most recent Dashboard includes, for the first time, data on the vaccination rates of nursing home residents and health care staff.
The key findings of the July 2021 Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard, which includes data from May 24, 2021 to June 20, 2021, found considerable variation between states in the percentage of residents and health care staff that are fully vaccinated.
- Nationally, about 78% of nursing home residents have been fully vaccinated. At the state level, the percentage ranges from a low of 63% in Arizona to a high of 95% in Vermont.
- Nationally, about 56% of health care staff in nursing homes have been fully vaccinated. At the state level, the percentage ranges from a low of 41% in Louisiana to a high of 84% in Hawaii.
- As of the week ending 6/20/21, only 20% of nursing homes (1 in 5 facilities) had reached an industry threshold of at least 75% of staff vaccinated. There were only five states – Hawaii (86%), California (66%), Vermont (55%), New Hampshire (51%), and Washington DC (50%) – in which even half of the facilities met this minimum standard.
There is a strong relationship between vaccination rates of staff and vaccination rates of residents: in states where the vaccination rate of staff is low, there are also more unvaccinated residents who are vulnerable to a resurgence of the virus.
The percentage of nursing homes that have an urgent need for PPE increased from 3.6% to 5% (about 1 in 20 facilities) in the four weeks ending 6/20/21. This represents the first increase in PPE shortages since the dashboard began tracking last summer and is similar to the rate reported two months ago, for the four weeks ending 4/18/21.
After several months of stagnation, the rates of new COVID-19 cases in nursing homes have begun to fall again.
- The rate of new resident cases in the four weeks ending 6/20/21 was 0.17 per 100 residents (about 1 out of every 600 residents). This is a decline of about half from 0.36 per 100 residents in the four weeks ending 5/16/21.
- The rate of new staff cases in the four weeks ending 6/20/21 was 0.26 per 100 residents (about 1 for every 400 residents). This is a decline of about two-thirds from 0.77 per 100 residents in the four weeks ending 5/16/21.
COVID-19 resident deaths also declined from the four weeks ending 5/16/21, from 0.08 to 0.06 per 100 residents (less than 1 out of every 1500 residents).
The percentage of nursing homes that reported a shortage of direct care staff (nurses and/or aides) increased to 24% (nearly 1 out of every 4 facilities). This represents the third consecutive month of small increases from a pandemic low of 22% during the four weeks ending 3/21/21. However, the percentage remains lower than throughout 2020 and early 2021 when more than 25% of facilities had a staffing shortage.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries (or worse) while a resident of a nursing home in the United States due to an infection acquired in a nursing home such as COVID-19, nursing home neglect, nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse, or nursing home fraud, you should promptly contact a local nursing home claim attorney in your state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and file a nursing home claim on your behalf, if appropriate.
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