Spike in long-term care facilities and nursing homes due to rise of omicron variant in communities – FOX13 News Memphis


SMALL ROCK, AK. – Long-term care facilities and nursing homes have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the rise of the Omicron variant.

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living have released a new COVID Report showing the increase in cases as a direct relationship to the increase in cases of omicron variants in communities, according to the statement.

In one Press release of the AHCA and NCAL, Mark Parkinson, President and CEO, said, “As soon as news of Omicron broke in December, we were very concerned that this variant would lead to an increase in cases in the United States. States and, therefore, an increase in cases in nursing homes. and unfortunately it is. We urged members of the public to help us protect our nation’s seniors ahead of the holiday season, and we reiterate that call today. Help support our frontline caregivers and protect our most vulnerable by getting vaccinated, boosted and masked. said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA and NCAL.

“We know that the omicron variant is three times more contagious than previous variants, and because of this we are seeing an increase in cases,” said Rachel Bunch, executive director of the Arkansas Health Care Association (AHCA).

Arkansas currently has a vaccination rate of 57% for adults 18-64 and 79% for adults 65 and older.

Long-term care facilities and nursing homes in Arkansas have an 84% vaccination rate for staff and an 88% vaccination rate for residents, according to a statement.

“Our healthcare workers and staff recognize that the vaccine is one of the most effective ways to protect themselves, our staff and our residents against the virus. Although there is still work to be done, our facilities have been community leaders in immunization efforts. We know it’s been a long road, but we’re proud to see our staff continually show up 24/7 to care for their residents and support each other. Bunch said.

the report also showed that while COVID-related deaths among nursing home residents have increased in recent weeks, the death rate is 10 times lower than in December 2020 due to high vaccination and recall rates among residents.

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