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Covid Cases, Deaths Plummet at Nursing Homes Amid Vaccine Push

March 2, 2021, 7:57 PM

U.S. nursing homes, the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, have seen an 82% decline in new cases among residents and a 63% drop in deaths since the holiday surge in December 2020, thanks to the mass vaccination effort that has targeted residents and staff at the facilities.

The decline, from more than 33,000 new resident cases per week as of Dec. 20, 2020, to just over 6,000 new cases on Feb. 7, 2021, “is getting us to the point of the lowest number of cases since the government started collecting this data clear back in May,” said Mark Parkinson, president ...

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