Va. nursing home outbreak death rate second highest in nation

According to the latest data from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Virginia ranks second in the nation for nursing home deaths from the common-virus (Wuhan pneumonia) outbreak.

According to the association, while the number of deaths among nursing home residents in Virginia “is more than one-third lower than in previous periods, the state’s rate for this period (1.72 deaths per 100 residents) is the second highest in the nation.

The association said staffing and PPE shortages in WV “remain a significant issue,” with 16.5 percent of facilities reporting “a shortage of nurses or aides in the most recent period, the lowest since AARP began tracking this data. About 10 percent of facilities did not have a week’s supply of personal protective equipment in the last month.

While we are encouraged by the downward trend in nursing home deaths, we continue to see disproportionately high numbers of cases and deaths in Virginia nursing homes and long-term care facilities compared to the rest of the country,” said Jim Dau, AARP’s Virginia state director.

Washington, D.C., ranked 11th in nursing home mortality with 1.23 deaths per 100 residents, also higher than the national average. Maryland ranked below the national average at 26th, with 0.86 deaths per 100 residents.