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AARP Analysis Shows SD Nursing Homes Face Critical PPE and Staff Shortages

AARP Analysis Shows SD Nursing Homes Face Critical PPE and Staff Shortages

AARP Analysis Shows SD Nursing Homes Face Critical PPE and Staff Shortages


News Release - November 18, 2020

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - As COVID-19 cases in South Dakota continue to climb, AARP is calling for its elected leaders to better protect nursing home residents and staff from the coronavirus. The latest release of the AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard finds concerning trends in South Dakota’s nursing homes, including rising resident and staff cases and deaths, continuing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), and on-going staff shortages.

Using data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services—which is self-reported by nursing homes—the AARP Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Ohio, created the AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard to provide four-week snapshots of the virus’ infiltration into nursing homes and impact on nursing home residents and staff. This second dashboard aggregates and analyzes data from nursing homes covering three 4-week time intervals from mid-summer into fall: July 26-Aug. 23, Aug. 24-Sept. 20, and Sept. 21-Oct. 18.

For the period from Sept. 21-Oct. 18, AARP’s dashboard reports that South Dakota nursing homes had:

  • 5.5 COVID-19 cases per 100 residents, up from 3.4 in the previous four-week period.
  • 0.94 COVID-19 deaths per 100 residents, up from 0.30 in the previous four-week period.
  • 7.2 staff COVID-19 cases per 100 residents, up from 4.2 in the previous four-week period.
  • 52.5% of nursing homes with staffing shortages, up slightly from 50% in the previous four-week period.
  • 23.2% of nursing homes without a 1-week supply of PPE, close to the previous four-week period of 23.5%.

“Nine months since COVID-19 entered nursing homes, cases are rising again, and facilities still don’t have the PPE and staffing needed to protect residents,” said AARP South Dakota State Director, Erik Gaikowksi. “This is a tragedy that must be addressed. Our state leaders need to act to keep residents safe and ensure nursing homes are taking the necessary measures to protect our most vulnerable population.”

AARP has called for the enactment of a plan to protect nursing home and long-term care facility residents:

  • Prioritize regular and ongoing testing and adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for residents and staff—as well as inspectors and any visitors.
  • Improve transparency focused on daily, public reporting of cases and deaths in facilities; communication with families about discharges and transfers; and accountability for state and federal funding that goes to facilities.
  • Ensure access to in-person visitation following federal and state guidelines for safety, and require continued access to virtual visitation for all residents.
  • Ensure quality care for residents through adequate staffing, oversight, and access to in-person formal advocates, called long-term care Ombudsmen.

The AARP Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard will continue to be updated every four weeks. The complete dashboard is available at aarp.org/nursinghomedashboard.



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