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AARP: Wyoming nursing homes see third highest COVID-19 death rate in U.S., second highest rate of staff cases


CASPER, Wyo. — AARP Wyoming shared a press release Monday that includes information on COVID-19 cases in nursing homes for the four-week period that ended on February 20.

The data from AARP’s COVID-19 Nursing Home Dashboard show that Wyoming had the second highest rate in the nation of COVID-19 cases among nursing home staff during the four-week period. Wyoming saw 429 staff cases, or 23.1 staff cases per 100 nursing home residents.

“That rate was a large increase from the previous month’s 15.7,” AARP Wyoming said.

Wyoming also saw the third highest rate in the nation of COVID-19 nursing home resident deaths during the four-week period, according to AARP Wyoming. There were 14 deaths among nursing home residents in Wyoming during the period, or 0.75 per 100 nursing home residents.

“That is up from the .11 nursing home residents per 100 who were reported as COVID-19 positive on 1/23/22,” AARP Wyoming said. “Nationally, more than 4,000 residents died from COVID-19 in this four-week period; however, the death rate remains lower than at any time in 2020 before vaccines were available.”

Wyoming saw the fifth highest rate of nursing home resident COVID-19 cases during the four-week period. The 233 cases equals 12.5 cases per 100 nursing home residents.

“According to AARP, states experienced the Omicron surge at different times,” the press release states. “Nineteen states saw an increase in resident cases in the four weeks ending Feb. 2, compared to the previous four weeks, and five states also had an increase in staff cases. These five states — Alaska, Idaho, Montana, West Virginia, and Wyoming — all recorded pandemic highs for staff cases in the most recent four-week period, even as the nation as a whole was coming down from the Omicron wave of COVID-19.”

“The COVID-19 Dashboard did offer some good news. CDC has released summary data covering the three weeks since 2/20/22, which is the data cutoff for this month’s Dashboard. In these subsequent three weeks, rates of resident deaths and resident and staff cases have continued to decline rapidly, down about 75%-80% nationally, to pre-Omicron levels.”

The AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard is a collaboration between AARP’s Public Policy Institute and the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio. It provides “four-week snapshots of the virus’ infiltration into nursing homes and impact on nursing home residents and staff, with the goal of identifying specific areas of concern at the national and state levels in a timely manner.”

The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.