COVID-19 spreading to rural nursing homes

As the coronavirus surges to more and more rural counties, it is threatening to spread to nursing homes in those areas.

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities house many elderly with underlying medical conditions, a population that is at the highest risk of death from COVID-19. About 30% of nursing homes are in rural areas.

Coronavirus cases in long-term care facilities appear to be on the rise nationwide. Research from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living, a trade association of long-term and post-acute care providers, found that in late September cases rose slightly from 6,135 to 6,290, the first increase since July.

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