RI Nursing Homes Slammed Again By Coronavirus, Data Shows RI Is 4th Highest for Deaths Per Capita

Monday, November 16, 2020

 

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1 in 4 nursing home patients infected in Rhode Island have died since March.

Rhode Island’s nursing homes are seeing a near-record number of cases of the coronavirus.

Now, the Rhode Island Department of Health is reporting the homes across the state are hit with between 230 and 234 cases.

Since March, the morbidity rate of those infected has been one in four of those infected. 

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Rhode Island One of Highest in Country

The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) reports that Rhode Island has one of the highest infection rates among nursing homes in the country. More than 3 of every 10 Rhode Island nursing home residents have been infected -- the 11th highest rate in the country.

And most disturbing is that Rhode Island's nursing homes have the 4th highest number of deaths per nursing 1,000 nursing home residents. More than 90 in 1,000 have died per capita versus in Maine where just 9 in 1,000 nursing home residents have died.

As a percentage of the state population, Maine is number one in the U.S. for residents over the age of 65 -- 20.6% of Maine'spopulation is over 65. RI ranks 14th tied with Michigan at 17.2%.

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RI has the 11th highest infection rate per 1,000 nursing home residents. Graphic: CMS

No region in Rhode Island is being left unimpacted with nursing home outbreaks.

Hit the hardest is Silver Creek Manor in Bristol which has nearly one-quarter of the cases — reporting 65-69.

And, other homes are seeing record cases, Roberts Health Center in North Kingstown has between 40-44 cases.

Mansion Center in Central Falls has 45-49 cases.

In total, 21 homes have outbreaks.

Since March, nursing homes have suffered more than 3,360 cases and more than 870 residents have died from the virus.

Overall, Rhode Island continues to have the 6th highest death rate in America per capita.

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RI has the 4th highest death rate per 1,000 nursing home residents CMS

 

Assisted living facilities in Rhode Island have reported 315 plus coronavirus infections and 75 to 79 deaths over the past 8 months.  Four of the state’s 18 faculties now have outbreaks.

On November 2, Rhode Island changed its policy for visitations.

“In nursing homes and assisted living communities, RIDOH recommends only allowing compassionate care visits for the next two weeks. Examples of compassionate care visits are an end-of-life visit, a visit with a loved one who is experiencing emotional distress, or who is experiencing weight loss or dehydration,” stated RIDOH.

Rhode Island’s nursing homes are seeing a near-record number of cases of the coronavirus.

Now, the Rhode Island Department of Health is reporting homes across the state are hit with between 230 and 234 cases.

Since March, the morbidity rate of those infected has been one in four infected. 

 
 

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