Boston – The latest release of AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard shows that both cases and deaths in Bay State nursing homes declined in the four weeks ending April 18, 2021. Although these rates are improving, chronic problems in nursing homes revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic continue.
Deaths of nursing home residents in Massachusetts continue to decrease from what they were in the previous period, dropping from a rate of .10 to .05 per 100 residents. New infections among residents and staff also declined. Resident case rates went from .34 to .2 per 100 residents, and new staff cases declined from 49 to 7 per 100 residents.
The AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard analyzes federally reported data in four-week periods going back to June 1, 2020. 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, to identify specific areas of concern at the national and state levels in a timely manner.
The complete Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard is available by visiting: 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.