On March 16, 2021, the Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued an Order requiring skilled nursing care facilities (nursing homes) to complete the COVID-19 vaccine needs assessment survey. The results of the initial survey show that as of April 1, 2021, the statewide average facility vaccination rate for residents was 78.84%, and for staff was 52.64%. For purposes of this data, staff is defined as any employee, contractor, or volunteer in a facility.
As of April 1, Long-Term Care Facilities doses represent 13,595 skilled nursing facilities and 47,278 assisted living and other similar facilities. Approximately 3.7 million doses (47%) of doses administered were given to residents and staff in skilled nursing facilities. CDC partnered with CVS, Walgreens, and Managed Health Care Associates, Inc. (MHA) to offer on-site COVID-19 vaccination services for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities across 54 U.S. jurisdictions. The Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care (LTC) Program facilitated on-site vaccination of residents and staff at more than 63,000 enrolled long-term care facilities.
Americans are being vaccinated every day at an accelerated pace. As of April 15, 2021, more than 125 million Americans have received at least one dose of vaccine, and more than 78 million Americans are fully vaccinated. And yet, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing in some areas of the country, and among younger people who have not yet been vaccinated. The reasons for these increases are complicated but potentially related to emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants that are becoming predominant in some communities.
Nationally, COVID-19-related emergency department visits as well as both hospital admissions and current hospitalizations have risen among patients ages 18 to 64 years in recent weeks. The good news is that emergency department visits and hospitalizations among people ages 65 years and older have decreased, likely demonstrating the important role vaccination plays in protecting against COVID-19. As of April 15, 80% of people 65 years or older have received at least one dose of vaccine and 63.7% are fully vaccinated.
Overall, the 7-day average of new cases has generally increased since March 20, 2021. The current 7-day moving average of daily new cases (69,577) increased 8.1% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (64,340). Compared with the highest peak on January 11, 2021 (249,861), the current 7-day average decreased 72.2%. A total of 31,231,869 COVID-19 cases were reported as of April 14, 2021, including 73,622 new cases.
Based on specimens collected through March 27, an estimated 44.1% of COVID-19 cases in the United States are caused by the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7. The proportion of cases caused by B.1.429 is estimated at 6.9%, and the proportion of cases caused by B.1.427 is estimated at 2.9%. Variant P.1 is estimated to comprise 1.4% of COVID-19 cases, and the proportion of B.1.351 cases is estimated to be 0.7% for the end of March.
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, 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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