Weekly coronavirus cases in US nursing homes hit the highest peak since spring, ...

Weekly coronavirus cases in US nursing homes have hit their highest peak since spring 2020, a new report finds.

During the week of November 15m the latest for which data is available, more than 16,000 cases were recorded in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) revealed on Tuesday.

In addition to levels not seen since late May, it also represents a 177 percent increase in cases from mid-September.

What's more, there were more than 2,000 COVID-related deaths in nursing homes, the highest figure seen in more than four months.  

The report coincides with the imminent arrival of coronavirus vaccines as an advisory panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended on Tuesday that long-term care facility residents be the first - along with healthcare workers - to receive the jabs.

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Additionally, CVS Health Corp said on Wednesday it would administer Eli Lilly's recently authorized antibody treatment to COVID-19 patients in their homes and in long-term care facilities through a US government-backed pilot project. 

A new report found more than 16,000 coronavirus cases were recorded at US nursing homes during the week of November 15, the highest levels since the spring

A new report found more than 16,000 coronavirus cases were recorded at US nursing homes during the week of November 15, the highest levels since the spring

During the week of November 15, more than 2,000 COVID-related deaths occurred at nursing homes, the highest figure since the week of June 7

During the week of November 15, more than 2,000 COVID-related deaths occurred at nursing homes, the highest figure since the week of June 7

'Our worst fears have come true as COVID runs rampant among the general population, and long term care facilities are powerless to fully prevent it from entering due to its asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread,' said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL, in a statement. 

'Our health care heroes are doing everything they can to prevent it from spreading further, but this level of COVID nationwide puts serious strain on our workforce, supplies, and testing capacity.'   

The report uses data from the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) between May 31, when cases began being tracked in nursing homes, and November 15.

After seven weeks of declining infections in nursing homes through mid-September, cases began increasing in nearly all 50 states.

During the week of November 15, cases rose to 16,257. That's the highest number seen since the spring,  

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Between mid-September the week of November 15, data revealed a 177 percent rise in weekly cases across the country.  

The rise is correlated with the recent spike in new COVID cases in the general population with weekly cases among the public increasing 330 percent to 1,043,040 the week of November 15. 

Additionally, 2,016 deaths were recorded the week of November 15. It marks the first time since the week of June 7 that fatalities surpassed 2,000. 

Experts say it is unsurprising that nursing home residents are more vulnerable to death from COVID-19 due to multiple risk factors such

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