Study Concludes Odds of Contracting COVID-19 Low in SNFs
Contrary to popular belief, a recent study concluded that patients who were transferred to skilled nursing facilities for post-acute care in 2020 had a low overall risk of COVID-19 infection and death. However, the rate of mortality was high for those who did contract the virus, reports McKnight’s.
Researchers found that in 2020 about 31 percent of COVID-19 related deaths that occurred in the United States occurred in long-term settings. Long-term staff and residents also accounted for 5 percent of the cases.
In 2020, there were 45,000 admissions in skilled nursing facilities for post-acute care to 286 facilities. Out of those admissions, 0.8 percent were diagnosed with COVID-19 and died due to the disease. Comparatively speaking, Vincent Mor, PH.D. of Brown University reported 6.7 percent of these admitted individuals died without any known COVID-19 infection.