CASPER, Wyo. — AARP Wyoming said in a press release Thursday that the COVID-19 rate among nursing home residents in Cowboy State is the highest in the nation.
This is based on information that people self-report to the AARP COVID-19 Nursing Home Dashboard.
“After three months of low numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes in Wyoming, things deteriorated in late September and most of October,” the press release said.
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The COVID-19 rate in Wyoming is 8.49 per 100 nursing home residents, according to AARP. This percentage is “by far the highest in the country and almost double the percentage of any other state in the Union.”
“Montana has the second highest rate in the country with 6.94 cases per 100 inhabitants,” the release said. “A total of 197 cases of COVID-19 had been reported among nursing home residents in Wyoming from mid-September to October 17. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 14,000 cases of nursing home residents in Cowboy State.”
Wyoming had the second-highest rate of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents in the four weeks between September 20 and October 17, according to the AARP. Wyoming saw 27 deaths, or 1.53 COVID-19 deaths per 100 nursing home residents during that period.
“Montana has the highest rate in the country with 1.72 COVID-19 deaths per 100 nursing home residents,” the release reads. “Montana and Wyoming are the only two states in the Union with a rate of more than 0.62 deaths from nursing home residents attributed to COVID-19.”
84% of nursing homes in the state also self-reported cases among staff members during the four-week period. According to the AARP dashboard, 60.7% of nursing home staff in Wyoming have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“That’s the seventh lowest vaccination rate in the nation,” the release states. “The state ratio of 59% of nursing homes reporting a staff shortage is the fifth highest in the country.”
The Wyoming Department of Health provides online COVID-19 data on cases, variants, deaths, testing, hospitals, and vaccines. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. Safety recommendations for COVID-19 are available from the CDC.
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