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.