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Community Spread Fuels Coronavirus Spike in Nursing Homes: Report

Coronavirus cases in U.S. nursing homes are rising rapidly after a June decline due to an increase in cases in the general population, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) said in a report published Tuesday.

The report, which utilized data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in concert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in compiling weekly statistics from nursing homes, show that COVID-19 cases in nursing homes jumped to 8,628 for the week of July 19 from a low of 5,468 for the week of June 21, CNN reported.

Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL, said the report’s conclusions are troubling.

“As we feared and have been warning government leaders over the past couple of months, the spike in COVID-19 cases in the general population across the U.S. has led to increased cases in nursing homes,” Parkinson told CNN.

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