COVID-19 Infections in Florida LTCFs – Residents and Staff

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

Here’s some food for thought, specifically for LTC (nursing home and assisted living) staff and administration, and in particular for staff that are hesitant/reluctant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Many long-term care staffers refused the vaccine. Now they have more infections than residents.  This is the title of an article in the April 10, 2021 edition of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.   That headline alone should get attention within the LTC industry.

“Despite state and federal attempts to offer vaccinations at all nursing homes and assisted-living centers in the state, 62% of staffers have declined — posing the single biggest threat to the more than 25,000 elderly people in those facilities who are also unvaccinated.

As of April 9, 344 of Florida’s long-term care workers tested positive for COVID, compared to 276 residents. The good news is overall cases are down — only a tenth of what they were in January, according to state data.

The low vaccination rate is worrisome in workers who care for the group most vulnerable to COVID-19, particularly when some residents did not get vaccinated either. The Agency for Health Care Administration reports that 82% of residents are vaccinated.”

We need to keep the vaccination conversation going within our communities.  Vaccination saves lives.