COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Impact, Transmission and Prevention


Fred C. Wallace (Editor)

Series: Government Procedures and Operations
BISAC: MED022090

Few places have felt the devastating effects of the Coronavirus more deeply than America’s nursing homes. More than 200,000 Americans living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from the Coronavirus representing 20 percent of all coronavirus deaths in our Nation. The ferocity with which the Coronavirus swept through our Nation’s nursing homes in 2020 exposed vulnerabilities that had been building for years, for too many nursing homes had inadequate staffing and poor infection control viruses well before the pandemic. These long-standing problems helped to drive outrage that exacerbated the risks for Americans who need long-term care.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Examining Long-Term Care in America: The Impact of the Coronavirus in Nursing Homes
Committee on Oversight and Reform

Chapter 2. COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Most Homes Had Multiple Outbreaks and Weeks of Sustained Transmission from May 2020 through January 2021
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 3. COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Outbreak Duration Averaged 4 Weeks and Was Strongly Associated with Community Spread
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 4. COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: CMS Needs to Continue to Strengthen Oversight of Infection Prevention and Control
United States Government Accountability Office


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