It has been more than half a year since we started fighting COVID-19, but people are still facing difficulties finding reliable information. Protocols vary from state to state, and policy has been changing rapidly. That is why it is hard for people to catch up on all the news worldwide, especially for older adults who cannot easily access the information. Thus, VOYCE wants to address the most up-to-date news of COVID-19 and long-term care in Missouri.
- As of September 30, there have been at least 131,772 cases and 2,220 deaths in the state of Missouri, according to a New York Times database.
- New reported cases had been increasing since June, but these past few days, cases are decreasing. New reported deaths have been decreasing for a few days as well.
- As the fall semester begins, there were 5,118 cases reported that are connected to colleges and universities.
- Please see the interactive Missouri COVID-19 dashboard.
- According to the CMS dataset, as of September 20, there have been at least 2956 cases and 439 deaths in Missouri’s skilled nursing facilities. Also, there were about 260 confirmed cases on the week of September 14.
- About 18 percent of the deaths in Missouri nursing homes are COVID-19 deaths.
- More than 95 percent of Missouri’s long-term care facilities can test COVID-19 for all current residents and their staff/personnel within the next seven days.
- For more information on COVID-19 and nursing home data, please visit the CMS website.
- CDC provides helpful resources related to nursing homes and long-term care facilities for healthcare workers. People can find infection control guidance and assessment tools on the website.
- On October 2, the National Academy of Medicine will release the final ‘Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine report during their webinar. Register for the National Academy of Medicine webinar.
- If you would like to know more about the new visitation policy, please see our recent blog post about nursing home visitation!
VOYCE is always opened to people who need long-term care resources or who want to discuss the new nursing home visitation policies. Please contact 314-918-8222 to find your Regional Ombudsman Coordinator or VOYCEconnect Coordinator.