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Coronavirus cases in long-term care centers skyrocketed in three weeks due to omicron

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Long-term care center coronavirus cases have skyrocketed for three weeks due to the omicron variant.

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living, which represents more than 14,000 nursing homes nationwide, Found that cases increased between December 19 and January 9.

COVID-19 cases for nursing home residents on December 19 were 4,361, and January 9 cases were 32,061. For residential staff, the number of cases rose from 5,919 on 19 December to 57,243 on 9 January.

“As soon as the news of Omicron was announced in December, we were very concerned that this variant would lead to an increase in cases in the US and therefore an increase in cases in nursing homes, and unfortunately yes.” , said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA and National Center for Assisted Living, dit.

“We urged members of the public to help us protect the elderly in our nation before the holiday season, and today we reiterate this request. Help support our front-line caregivers and safeguard our most vulnerable by vaccinating “Strengthening and masking us,” he added.

The group reported that the death rate was 10 times lower among nursing home residents in December 2021 compared to 2020, accrediting vaccines and booster injections for the decrease in severity.

The number of weekly deaths from COVID-19 among nursing home residents in December 2020 was 6,219, and on January 9, 2022 it was 645.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has done the same engraved an increase in coronavirus cases in nursing homes, with more than 30,000 cases nationwide in January.

Health workers have worked hard throughout the pandemic to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 in nursing homes, as the virus is more dangerous for the elderly, especially for the unhealthy over-65s. .

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