Bloomberg Law
Aug. 2, 2021, 8:01 PM

Nursing Home Staff Size Fueled Covid Spread, Deaths: Study

Tony Pugh
Tony Pugh

Nursing homes with larger staffs had about twice the rate of Covid-19 infections and deaths last year as those with fewer employees, new research has found.

Facilities “in the lowest quartile of staff size had 6.2 resident cases” and nearly one death per 100 beds, compared with 11.9 cases and 2.1 deaths for facilities in the highest quartile, according to the study of more than 7,000 nursing homes published Monday in Health Affairs journal.

The research, based on data from June through September last year, found that staffing quality measures, like direct care staff-to-resident ratios, “were not significant predictors of ...