New study links infected nursing home staff with resident fatalities in New York during COVID-19 pandemic

Jul 10, 2020
The Bottom Line

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) recently analyzed self-reported nursing home data and found that COVID-19 related infections and deaths in nursing homes are related to infected staff members. The data found that approximately one in four nursing home staff members were infected with COVID-19 between March and early June.

 The study also found:

  • The timing of staff infections correlates with the timing of peak nursing home resident mortality across the state;
  • Nursing home employee infections were related to the most impacted regions in the state;
  • Peak nursing home admissions occurred a week after peak nursing home mortality, therefore illustrating that nursing home admissions from hospitals were not a driver of nursing home infections or fatalities;
  • Most patients admitted to nursing homes from hospitals were no longer contagious when admitted and therefore were not a source of infection; and, 
  • Nursing home quality was not a factor in nursing home fatalities.

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