Lag Creates Vital Vulnerability as Winter Approaches
Lansing, MI – Troubling new knowledge on charges of “updated” COVID-19 vaccinations reveals vital vulnerability to the virus amongst nursing residence residents and employees nationwide, together with right here in Michigan, in keeping with AARP’s Nursing Dwelling COVID-19 Dashboard. Solely two in 5 residents (40%) and fewer than one-quarter of well being care employees (24%) nationwide have been updated on their COVID vaccines as of the week ending October 23. For this Dashboard, “updated” means Somebody has gotten the brand new bivalent booster or had a accomplished main sequence of vaccines or earlier booster throughout the previous two months. Right here in Michigan, 33.5% of nursing residence residents and 14.9% of employees are updated going into the winter season.
Of additional concern, charges of nursing residence resident deaths and instances from COVID-19 nationwide have been rising all through October; Every of the 4 weeks coated by the Dashboard noticed extra resident instances and deaths than the earlier week. Greater than 700 residents died from COVID-19 nationwide in the course of the 4 weeks ending October 23, and greater than 35,000 have been contaminated. In Michigan, resident instances elevated from 4.3 per 100 residents within the earlier four-week interval ending September 18, to 4.74 per 100 residents within the four-week interval ending October 23.
“We all know that over the past two winters of this pandemic, probably the most extreme COVID-19 affect occurred in late fall and early winter,” mentioned Paula D. Cunningham, State Director of AARP, which serves greater than 1.2 million members age 50 and older in Michigan. “Lagging booster charges put many nursing residence residents and employees at elevated threat of an infection and even dying. For the security of a few of our most susceptible family members, these services should prioritize getting residents and employees updated on COVID-19 vaccinations.”
Residents and employees of nursing properties and different long-term care services have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. For the reason that starting of the pandemic, greater than 4,500 nursing residence residents in Michigan have died from COVID-19.
Michiganders who’ve a father or mother, partner, sibling or different beloved one in a nursing residence might help maintain them secure by asking the correct questions of facility administration and employees. AARP recommends asking these 10 questions to remain linked and maintain your beloved secure.
The AARP Nursing Dwelling COVID-19 Dashboard analyzes federally reported knowledge in four-week durations going again to June 1, 2020. Utilizing this knowledge, the AARP Public Coverage Institute, in collaboration with the Scripps Gerontology Middle at Miami College in Ohio, created the Dashboard to offer snapshots of the virus’ infiltration into nursing properties and affect on nursing residence residents and employees, with the purpose of figuring out particular areas of concern on the nationwide and state ranges in a well timed method. The total AARP Nursing Dwelling COVID-19 Dashboard is obtainable at www.aarp.org/nursinghomedashboard.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan group devoted to empowering folks 50 and older to decide on how they dwell as they age. With a nationwide presence and practically 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what issues most to households: well being safety, monetary stability and private achievement. AARP additionally produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Journal and AARP Bulletin. To be taught extra, go to aarp.org, www.aarp.org/espanol or observe @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.