Rhode Island Nursing Homes are in Crisis; Report Dramatic Increases in Most Recent
Four-Week Period as Nursing Home Staffing Remains Depleted
PROVIDENCE– The latest release of AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard depicts a worsening crisis from coast to coast, including Rhode Island. In the four-week period ending December 20, the rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes have roughly quadrupled. From November 23 to December 20, Rhode Island nursing homes had:
“Almost a year into the pandemic, nursing home residents and staff remain trapped in a petri dish, nearly defenseless against coronavirus,” said AARP State Director Kathleen Connell. “While vaccines will not make nursing home residents safe overnight, this dashboard underscores the urgency of vaccinating residents and staff as quickly as possible. Also, given that nearly every nursing home reported staff infections and resident cases, it is alarming that so many facilities still do not have adequate PPE.”
Connell added, “The continuing coronavirus crisis in nursing homes also spotlights the life-and-death need for fundamental reforms, now.” AARP continues to urge elected officials to act immediately, focusing this year on enacting or making permanent the components of AARP’s five-point plan:
The AARP COVID-19 Nursing Home Dashboard analyzes federally reported data in four-week periods going back to June 1, 2020. Earlier this year, AARP fought for public reporting of nursing home COVID-19 cases and deaths. Using this data, the AARP Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio, created the dashboard to provide snapshots of the virus’ infiltration into nursing homes and impact on nursing home residents and staff, with the goal 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 how COVID is impacting nursing homes and AARP’s advocacy on this issue, visit www.aarp.org/nursinghomes.
AARP Rhode Island’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan in Rhode Island is available at https://states.aarp.org/rhode-island/covid-19-vaccine-distribution
This story is provided by AARP Rhode Island. Visit the AARP Rhode Island page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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