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AARP: Wisconsin nursing home deaths increase ‘nine fold’ in two months

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MADISON, Wis. (WAOW) — Each month, the AARP analyzes federally reported COVID-19 data and shows the pandemics impact on nursing homes in a dashboard.

The latest four week period was from November 16 to December 20. That report shows that while nursing home resident cases were declining, deaths rose.

In this four week reporting period, nursing home residents deaths was 2.70 per 100 residents. An increase from 2.11 resident deaths per 100 residents the month prior.

Two months ago, the rate was .30 deaths per 100 residents. So, according to the data, the state has seen a nine-fold increase in deaths since then. The death rate remains above the U.S. average, which is 1.88 (increasing from .78 the previous reporting period).

There are 15 states with worse death rates, which is an improvement from the last report. Then, only five states had worse rates.

“We’re very concerned about the fact that on a national level 1% of the residence in this country are nursing homes but they represent 40% of the deaths,” said AARP Wisconsin State Issues Advocacy Director Helen Marks Dicks. “If we can get the death rate and the case rate down in the nursing homes it means fewer people going to the hospital, fewer people in the hospital opens up services for other people in the community, and fewer COVID patients moves us back to elective surgery and other things so that it’s really good for the general population if we can get the nursing homes under control because will have a domino effect of making healthcare more available for others.”

Rising cases was exactly what the AARP dashboard saw in Wisconsin last month, but not now.

In the last reporting period, COVID-19 cases among nursing home residents decreased from 13.4 cases per 100 residents to 9.9. Wisconsin’s case rate among nursing home residents even dipped below the national average of 10.8, which rose from 10.8.

More than half of the country has higher COVID-19 cases among residents, another improvement compared to the last report. In the last report, only three states had higher rates.


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