Prayer #292: For How COVID-19 Cases in Nursing Homes Reflect Community Infection Trends
According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes reflects the trend of infections in the general community. The CDC reported summertime high cases of the virus at 11.5 cases per 1000 resident-weeks. In the early fall, this decreased to 6.3 cases per 1000 resident-weeks, and in late November it surged to 23.2 cases/1000 resident-weeks. The COVID incidence among the staff of nursing homes nearly matched the above figures for the residents: 10.9 cases/1000 resident-weeks in June, 6.3 cases/resident-weeks in September, and 21.3 cases/resident-weeks the week of November 22. "Rates of COVID-19 in the surrounding communities followed similar trends," the CDC report stated. The CDC is concerned that increases in COVID-19 amongst the general public may be directly related to the spikes in the virus at nursing homes, where, residents are not only at high risk once they contract the virus, but are also in many cases, with weakened immune systems, more susceptible to getting the virus in the first place. "Increases in community rates might be associated with increases in nursing home COVID-19 incidence," the CDC said, "and nursing home mitigation strategies need to include a comprehensive plan to monitor local SARS-CoV-2 transmission and minimize high-risk exposures within facilities." One step the CDC recommends is to isolate new patients until they test negative for the virus. About 40% of the deaths from COVID-19 occur in residents of long-term care facilities.
Let us continue to be praying for residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Pray for their protection from the COVID-19 virus, and pray that residents and staff at these facilities could receive vaccinations very soon.
Ps. 4:8: "In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety."