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A new report says that the number of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes across America has dropped significantly.

The American Healthcare Association and the National Center for Assisted Living reported that cases dropped to their lowest level since the government started tracking weekly cases in nursing homes in May 2020.

The National Center for Assisted Living represents 14,000 nursing homes throughout the United States.

The report states that nursing homes have seen an 82% drop in new cases compared to last year's high mark during the week of December 20.

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In the same period of time, community cases in the general population dropped by 46%, showcasing that vaccines are having an impact in protecting the elderly population in nursing homes.

The AHCA and NCAL announced last week their goal to get 75% of nursing home staff vaccinated by June 30.

“We still have a long road ahead, but these numbers are incredibly encouraging and a major morale booster for frontline caregivers who have been working tirelessly every day for a year to protect our residents,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “This new data showcases just how important it is for nursing homes residents and staff, as well as the general public, to get the vaccine because it is clearly working.”

Along with the low number of new COVID cases, new data shows that COVID-related deaths in nursing homes declined by 63% since December 20, 2020.

American Health Care Association

“Though this report brings hope, we cannot let our guard down. We must continue to encourage folks to get vaccinated, especially caregivers and staff,” added Parkinson. “Public health officials must also continue to ensure that long-term care residents and staff remain the highest priority for accessing the vaccine, as the on-site clinics with CVS, Walgreens and other pharmacy partners are coming to a close.

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