Residents and nursing home staff saw an increase in the coronavirus in the four weeks ending August 22, with resident cases increasing six-fold from 0.2 to 1.2 per 100 residents and cases of staff members have increased by more than 0.3 to 2.5 per 100 residents since the report in mid-July, according to the latest data from the COVID-19 dashboard from nursing homes in the AARP.
Deaths have also increased nine-fold, from 0.01 to 0.09 per 100 inhabitants in the previous four weeks.
Cases are concentrated among the unvaccinated: Nationally, these residents were three times more likely to contract COVID-19 last month than residents who are fully vaccinated.
The AARP has called on long-term care facilities to require staff and residents to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
There were modest increases in immunization rates over that four-week period, with 82.2% of South Carolina nursing home residents and 54.4% of staff fully immunized as of August 22. This is considerably lower than the national average of 84% of nursing home residents. and 64% of staff fully immunized.
“This month’s dashboard highlights why all staff and residents of long-term care facilities need to be immunized as quickly as possible,” said Teresa Arnold, State Director of AARP. “For residents of unvaccinated nursing homes, their risk of infection has increased dramatically. At least 1,796 people in South Carolina who lived and worked in healthcare facilities have died from COVID-19, and no one wants to see this tragedy repeat. Facilities should require all staff and residents to be vaccinated, so we can slow the spread of new variants and save lives. “
The AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 dashboard also saw a 2.9% increase in staff shortages during the period ending August 22, with 17.6% of South Carolina facilities reporting that they did not have enough staff.
Nationally, staff shortages have increased month-to-month by the greatest number since data collection began in the spring of 2020.
The AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 dashboard analyzes data reported by the federal government over four-week periods dating back to June 1, 2020.
Using this data, the AARP Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the Scripps Gerontology Center at the University of Miami in Ohio, created the dashboard to provide snapshots of the virus infiltration into homes. care and impact on residents and nursing home staff, with the aim of identifying specific areas of concern at the national and state levels in a timely manner.
The full COVID-19 Nursing Home Dashboard is available at www.aarp.org/nursinghomedashboard.
For more information on the impact of COVID on nursing homes and AARP’s advocacy on this issue, visit www.aarp.org/nursinghomes.