Latest CMS, CDC and NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data – WHO Statement on COVID-19 Global Emergency

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

CMS has posted the latest data for nursing homes for the week ending April 23, 2023.

Comparing the April 23, 2023 data to the April 16, 2023 data shows these changes:

  • Resident primary vaccination completion rate decreased 0.1% this past week;
  • Residents up to date with vaccines increased 0.2% this past week;
  • Staff primary vaccination completion rate increased 0.1% this past week;
  • Staff up to date remained increased 0.1% this past week;
  • An additional 5,314 resident cases were confirmed this past week;
  • 164 resident deaths were reported this past week;
  • An additional 3,442 staff cases were confirmed during this past week and
  • 6 additional staff deaths were reported 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 April 23, 2023.

The CDC COVID Data Tracker shows these current community transmission levels as of May 1, 2023:

The WHO COVID-19 Dashboard reflects:

Check out the WHO COVID-19 Dashboard for data on specific countries/continents.

Just this morning (May 5, 2023) the BBC reported this headline with the accompanying news:

Two thought-provoking quotes from the BBC article include:

  • “The worst thing any country can do now is to use this news as a reason to let down its guard, to dismantle the systems it has built, or to send the message to its people that Covid-19 is nothing to worry about.” … Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • “We fully expect that this virus will continue to transmit and this is the history of pandemics.

 It took decades for the final throws of the pandemic virus of 1918 to disappear.

 In most cases pandemics truly end when the next pandemic begins.” … Dr. Mike Ryan, from the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme

The CDC COVID Daily Data Tracker shows this information for Thursday, May 4, 2023:

The NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data Dashboard, as of this blog, has not been updated since April 24, 2023 at 5:30am ET.  You can review that data from last week’s report.

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.

I want to leave you with links to 3 pieces of information you need to review if you’ve not done so already: