Applying Evidence to Inform State Responses to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Settings

Dec 01, 2020 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

One of the earliest hot spots of the COVID-19 pandemic was in a Seattle-area nursing home. To this day, the virus disproportionately affects residents of long-term care facilities nationwide. States took different approaches in an attempt to mitigate the initial spread of COVID-19, but communities are beginning to see another rise in cases.

Mathematica and a panel of experts from across the country shared the latest evidence on how COVID-19 has affected nursing home residents and how evidence can be used to inform policy recommendations for state regulators, agency and long-term care industry executives, legislators, and other key stakeholders. Panelists discussed testing approaches for residents and staff; the role of nursing home staffing in mitigating the impact of COVID-19; how nursing homes and their state regulators should balance resident health and safety to reduce social isolation; and how states might set up their reporting systems to ensure they have real-time data to identify and control hot spots.

Panelists included:


Jackie Fortiér, reporter, KPCC Radio