County Long-Term Care Facilities Show Continued Improvement
Data from 144 of Saint Louis County’s long-term care facilities show continued progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. These facilities reported 134 new infections in February, with the rate of new infections falling each month since November.
Saint Louis County DPH is working with the State Section for Long Term Care Regulations, which licenses these facilities, and the Saint Louis County High Risk Task Force to implement protective measures in these settings, including supplying PPE and conducting testing. Perhaps most promising is the vaccination effort underway. Residents and staff are in the top priority tier to receive the vaccine, and many facilities have already carried out mass vaccinations.
Until vaccination is complete and community spread of COVID-19 is controlled, the residents at long-term care facilities (which include nursing homes, assisted living, and other congregate care settings) remain among the most vulnerable to the disease, accounting for a disproportionate percentage of infections and deaths in the county.
The full February report can be found at https://stlcorona.com/resources/covid-19-statistics/archived-covid-19-reports/archived-ltc-facilities-reports/covid-19-lt-care-02-2021/.