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Nursing homes experience spike in COVID-19 cases

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, released a report released Aug. 11 showing nursing homes in the U.S. have experienced an alarming spike in new COVID-19 cases due to community spread among the general population according to recent data released from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The data shows cases in nursing homes significantly increased last month after having dropped significantly throughout June.

As experts have noted, COVID-19 cases in a surrounding community is a top factor in outbreaks in nursing homes. Dr. David Grabowski, professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School recently stated, “According to preliminary research presented, larger facilities located in urban areas with large populations, particularly in counties with a higher preva...

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