Cases in Wisconsin Nursing Homes Fall by 47% After Vaccination
April 07, 2021
As reported by a Kenosha News article "COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin Nursing Homes Drop 47% After Vaccinations"
, a study released on March 24th by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group, indicates cases in nursing homes in Wisconsin fell 47% by early February after vaccinations began in mid-December, but 10 facilities that didn't report any cases last year now have a few cases.
More than 600 nursing homes nationwide, including 89 in Wisconsin, registered three or more new resident cases during the first week of February, more than a month since mass vaccinations in nursing homes began. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued new guidelines in March that eased visitation limits, which the organization opposed.
Although masks, gowns, and other personal protective equipment shortages have improved, nearly 6% of nursing homes reported a critical shortage of N95 masks in February, which is the most protective against COVID-19. Almost 1,000 more COVID-19 deaths occurred in long-term care facilities than previously recorded. The location of those deaths was initially unknown, but after a review of the data, it was updated.
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