The pandemic has killed more than 186,000 residents and nursing home staff, according to an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Nursing Home Dashboard.
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For Florida nursing homes, however, the situation seems to be going in the right direction.
According to an AARP press release on vaccination rates in nursing homes, data showed declines in several key areas over the past month. Florida nursing homes reported 92 new nursing home deaths from COVID-19 on October 17, down from the 289 deaths reported in the previous month’s report. Nursing homes in the state also reported a drop from about four cases per 100 residents to one case per 100 residents, which was also the case for nursing home staff.
With these lower infection numbers came higher vaccination numbers.
According to the AARP statement, about 21% of Florida’s 700 nursing homes have vaccinated at least 75% of their staff.
60.2% of nursing home staff statewide have been fully immunized, up from 54.4% in August, according to the CDC The data.
AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson said:
âAlthough Florida is still well below the national average of 74%, it is encouraging to see the largest increase to date in the number of Florida nursing home staff receiving the vaccine. “
From August 22 to October 17, measurements of COVID-19 cases for state nursing facilities reached or fell below national averages.
Data of Florida nursing home deaths, the state had 14 deaths per 10,000 people as of Oct. 17, below the national average of 18 deaths per 10,000 people. On August 19, Florida had a resident death rate of 46 per 10,000 compared to the national average of 19 deaths.
Resident cases tell a similar story. Florida’s rate of COVID cases per 10,000 people matched the national average of 140 cases on October 17. On August 19, Florida had a case rate of 430 cases per 10,000 people compared to the national average of 180 cases.
The number of COVID cases for Florida nursing home staff followed the same path, with a rate of 120 cases per 10,000 staff on October 17, compared to the national average of 160 cases. On August 19, the rates were 440 cases and 250 cases per 10,000 respectively for Florida and the country as a whole.
Johnson is confident in the ability of the COVID-19 booster to keep the state in the right direction.
“With the booster injections available and the increase in vaccination, we hope that future reports will continue this trend.”