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AARP Monthly Report Shows Wisconsin COVID Nursing Home Death Takes Five-Fold

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Thursday’s recall developments come as there is new data regarding people living in nursing homes. The AARP monthly COVID database shows Wisconsin nursing home deaths increased five times since the previous month’s report.

Wisconsin now averages about 11 nursing home deaths each day. And the AARP dashboard showed cases among staff members were on the rise, and the percentage of Wisconsin facilities with a staff shortage is almost double the national rate.

Jim Flaherty, associate state director of communications for AARP, said: “If you’re not on top of making sure these residents have what they need and that they have vaccines, things can. get very ugly, very quickly. “

The latest information from the AARP shows five deaths in nursing homes per 10,000 residents. Last month there was only one death. Now there is growing concern as AARP officials have reiterated how quickly a COVID outbreak can impact a collective care setting.

Flaherty said, “Someone can come off the street to visit a loved one and bang, it blows up in a nursing home. Any kind of community setting, not just a nursing home.”

Flaherty says he hopes everyone is careful because the vulnerable nursing home population can often be overlooked. So far, 22% of all COVID-related deaths have occurred in nursing homes. But he says some positive news is that 62.4% of health workers are vaccinated and 86.5% of residents are fully vaccinated.

However, another concern is the industry-wide staffing shortage: more than 44% of Wisconsin establishments are understaffed, nearly double the national rate. Mike Pochowski, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, said, “The caregiver crisis, or the workforce crisis, is possibly the worst it has ever been. We have great difficulty recruiting and retaining staff to work at our facilities statewide. “

And when staff shortages impact care, nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the state are affected. Rick Abrams, President and CEO of WHCA / WiCAL, said, “We have facilities in the state that are closing to admissions. individual.”

Abrams says hospital patients are starting to back down as they cannot be accepted into nursing homes where they would normally be referred. He says at least 53 patients in the La Crosse area have nowhere to go right now.

But there is some optimism as facilities improve to cope with and contain outbreaks. Flaherty said: “All we can do is take the necessary precautions to make people as safe as possible. Because we don’t know what the next variant will be.”

Abrams called the labor crisis in the industry a full-fledged pandemic, but said facilities are improving a lot to isolate outbreaks when they do occur.