U.S. Nursing Homes See Covid-19 Cases Fall as Vaccines Roll Out - WSJ.com

New data adds fresh evidence that efforts to vaccinate vulnerable residents in long-term facilities is starting to help.

2/6/2021 12:00:00 AM

Covid-19 cases in U.S. nursing homes continue to decline, new federal data show, a fresh sign that vaccinating vulnerable residents is starting to help

New data adds fresh evidence that efforts to vaccinate vulnerable residents in long-term facilities is starting to help.

ByResidents awaited vaccine doses at a nursing home in New York City's Harlem neighborhood on Jan. 15.Yuki Iwamura/Associated PressCovid-19 cases in U.S. nursing homes continue to decline, new federal data show, a fresh sign that vaccinating vulnerable residents is starting to help.

There were 15,154 new cases reported among nursing-home residents in the week ending Jan. 24, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That is a steep drop from the previous week and the fifth week in a row nursing homes have reported lower new-case counts.

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U.S. Nursing Homes See Covid-19 Cases Fall as Vaccines Roll Out By Residents awaited vaccine doses at a nursing home in New York City's Harlem neighborhood on Jan. 15. Yuki Iwamura/Associated Press Covid-19 cases in U.S. nursing homes continue to decline, new federal data show, a fresh sign that vaccinating vulnerable residents is starting to help. There were 15,154 new cases reported among nursing-home residents in the week ending Jan. 24, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That is a steep drop from the previous week and the fifth week in a row nursing homes have reported lower new-case counts. Revisions in future data releases are likely to push the most recent tally higher, but recent revision trends suggest the fall in case counts would remain intact. Nursing homes saw more than twice as many new resident cases in mid-December, when infections topped 33,000 for two consecutive weeks. “There is very compelling circumstantial evidence that we may be seeing the benefits of the vaccine” in certain areas, including long-term care, said Samuel Scarpino, who directs Northeastern University's Emergent Epidemics Lab. New cases among nursing-home employees are declining, too, and a Wall Street Journal analysis comparing these trends to overall U.S. cases indicates elder-care facilities started to see new case counts moving lower first. Case trends in nursing homes tend to mirror the broader community, waxing and waning alongside larger outbreaks, making the effects of resident inoculations hard to discern. But a new analysis from the research division of the American Health Care Association, a long-term-care industry group, also found some signs that vaccines are making a difference. Looking at 797 nursing homes that conducted their first vaccine clinics between Dec. 18 and Dec. 27, the analysis found a 48% drop in new resident cases three weeks later. Meantime, there was a 21% decline over the same period in about 1,700 homes in the same counties that hadn’t yet started vaccinating. This “suggests that spread may be decreased starting three weeks after receiving the first dose of the vaccine,” though more work is needed to confirm the findings, the report said. Some major nursing-home operators and public-health officials have also said the recent declines are a promising sign for long-term care facilities, which house some of the people most vulnerable to dying from Covid-19. The latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show long-term care residents and staff have received about 3.4 million initial doses and 800,000 second doses. The American Heath Care Association estimates there are roughly 2.3 million residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities along with about two million workers. It remains too early to determine vaccines' impact on the broader population, some officials say. New York City Health Commissioner Dave A. Chokshi said Thursday there is no evidence yet that link vaccinations to plateauing or falling rates of new Covid-19 cases or hospitalizations. “To see population-level effects will require a much higher level of vaccination, which we do hope to be able to achieve in the coming weeks and months,” said Dr. Chokshi. —Anna Wilde Mathews, Tom McGinty and Melanie Grayce West contributed to this article.