Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
CMS has posted the nursing home COVID-19 data for the week ending January 22, 2023.
Comparing the January 22, 2023 data to the January 15, 2023 data shows these changes:
- Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased another 0.1% this again past week;
- Residents up to date with vaccines increased 0.5% during this past week;
- Staff primary vaccination completion rate remained the same – no change in past 5 weeks;
- Staff up to date with vaccines decreased 0.1% this past week;
- An additional 13,192 resident cases were confirmed this past week;
- An additional 307 resident deaths were reported this past week;
- An additional 9,661 staff cases were confirmed during this past week and
- An additional 9 staff deaths were reported during this past week.
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 January 22, 2023.
The CDC COVID Data Tracker shows these current community transmission levels as of January 25, 2023:
- COVID-19 activity remains high across the country. As of January 25, 2023, there have been a total of 102,171,644 COVID-19 cases and 1,103,615 deaths from COVID-19 reported in the United States.
- The current 7-day average of weekly new cases (42,163) decreased 11.3% compared with the previous 7-day average (47,515).
- The current 7-day daily average of hospitalizations for January 18-24, 2023 was 4,216. This is a 13.9% decrease from the prior 7-day average (4,897).
- The current 7-day average of weekly new deaths (537) decreased 64.9% compared with the previous 7-day average (564).
- The most prevalent Omicron lineage this week is XBB.1.5, projected to be approximately 60% (95% PI 51.5-70.3%). The second most prevalent lineage is BQ.1.1, projected to be at approximately 22% (95% PI 16.6-27.9%).
- About 668.8 million vaccine doses have been administered in the United States.
- About 229.6 million people have completed a primary series, and more than 41.6 million people have received an updated (bivalent) booster dose.
- CDC recommends getting the new updated bivalent booster if you have not done so. The booster offers added protection against circulating variants.
- New MMWR released on January 25, 2023, shows that updated COVID-19 vaccines help protect against XBB-related Omicron variants.
- New MMWR released on January 25, 2023, shows how researchers use a faster tool to monitor the rise and impact of XBB-related Omicron variants.
Data reported on January 27, 2023, from CDC’s COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review.
The NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data Dashboard provides this data as of January 30, 2023 at 5:30am ET:
The CDC Summary of Variant Surveillance website summarizes three different systems being used, including the 1) National SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Surveillance System, the 2) National Wastewater Surveillance System, and the 3) Traveler-based SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Surveillance Program.