Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
CMS has posted COVID-19 data for the week ending May 15, 2022.
Comparing the May 15th data to the previous May 8th data shows these changes:
- Resident vaccination rate again remained the same as the 3 previous weeks
- Residents with booster doses increased by 0.5% this past week
- Staff vaccination rate remained unchanged from the previous week
- Staff with booster doses increased by 0.4% again this past week
- An additional 6,321 resident cases were confirmed/reported this week
- 117 additional resident deaths were confirmed/reported this week
- An additional 7,904 staff cases were confirmed/reported this week (the case rate is increasing again)
- An additional 4 staff deaths were confirmed/reported this week
Please keep up your efforts to educate staff, residents and families about the life-saving benefits of vaccination as well as the importance of getting the booster. Lives depend on both.
Cases continue to rise again due to the omicron variant BA.2 and there’s also another subvariant detected as of late April/early May – BA.2.12.1. Additionally, there are more variants out there and the variants are on the rise – BA.4 and BA.5. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is not done with us yet.
Be sure to review your facility’s vaccination rates on the list of every nursing home with recent resident and staff vaccination rates and other pertinent data as this data will be used for completing the COVID-19 Matrix during survey. State surveyors look at this data in preparation for your survey. You’ll also need to know your current rate (as reported to NHSN) and provide it to the survey team entering your facility. This data is current as of the week ending May 15, 2022.
The CDC COVID Data Tracker shows these current community transmission levels:
The NHSN Nursing Home Covid-19 Data Dashboard provides this data as of May 23, 2022, at 5:30am ET:
As we go into the Memorial Day holiday weekend, don’t forget these CDC updated recommendations:
Stay safe out there! Pull that mask out and use it when the community/county you’re in is experiencing high, substantial or moderate transmission and you can’t practice appropriate social distancing. Picking up the COVID virus doesn’t stay where you got it – you’ll bring it home with you and potentially expose others. This may be the official start of summer, but you need to employ the necessary precautions to ensure that you have a good, healthy summer.