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COVID-19 Cases In Wyoming's Nursing Homes Decreases Since March

Nursing home residents in their wheelchairs
Shefali Luthra
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Kaiser Health News

The Wyoming Department of Health states there has been only one COVID-19 death in a Wyoming nursing home since mid-March of 2021, along with just a handful of overall cases.

Eric Boley, the president of LeadingAge Wyoming, an association of long-term care homes, said the safeguards facilities set up play a big part in keeping both the residents and staff safe.

"What we're seeing nationally, I think, is that the masking helped to kind of curb it and then I think that the vaccination has really done a lot to stop the spread of COVID," Boley said.

But, Boley added that the staff shortages remain a concern. The reason behind these shortages is a combination of staff contracting the virus itself while working, and others choosing to stay at home to prevent spreading the virus to their family.

The COVID Tracking Project stated there has been a total of 194 death cases in Wyoming's long-term care facilities over the course of the pandemic.

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