COVID-19 cases on the rise in one Midwest state’s nursing homes

October 21, 2021 – Wisconsin Public Radio recently reported that cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in the state’s nursing homes, where 88% of residents are vaccinated, but many workers are not. Deaths among nursing home residents are also increasing — doubling in one month, from mid-August to mid-September, according to AARP.

New COVID-19 infections and deaths in residents of long term care facilities are nowhere near the level they were at the peak of the pandemic; however, they are starting to creep upward due to a combination of breakthrough cases and not enough vaccinated health care staff, according to the report.

There were 192 new COVID-19 infections over the course of four weeks ending Sept. 19, according to the group’s dashboard.

In that same timeframe, 20 people in Wisconsin nursing home residents died from the disease. The data is compiled by the AARP Public Policy Institute in collaboration with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio.

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