Coverage about COVID-19 in Facilities

September 29, 2022

CDC Study Finds Second COVID-19 Booster Shot Effective In Protecting Nursing Home Residents From Death, Hospitalizations.

The Hill (9/29, Choi) reports, “A new study published this week” in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report “found that the second COVID-19 booster that was made available to U.S. adults older than 50 this year was highly effective at protecting nursing home residents from hospitalizations and deaths” – at 90% and 76% respectively – “though its ability to prevent infections was not as potent” at 26% during the beginning of the BA.5 omicron subvariant wave. Researchers wrote, “These findings suggest that among nursing home residents, second mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster doses provided additional protection over first booster doses against severe COVID-19 outcomes during a time of emerging Omicron variants,” adding that “facilities should continue to ensure that nursing home residents remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including bivalent vaccine booster doses, to prevent severe COVID-19 outcomes.”

 

CDC Allows Low-Risk Communities To Make Masks Optional In Nursing Homes.

CBS News (9/23, Tin) reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “has ended a blanket plea for Americans in hospitals and nursing homes to wear masks indoors.” A new set of rules out Friday state “just over a quarter of counties can ‘choose not to require’ all doctors, patients, and visitors to mask.” However, “the CDC says COVID-19 metrics have not improved enough in most communities for hospitals and nursing homes to let up on masking” as “73% of counties are currently rated at ‘high risk.”


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