COVID-19 deaths, cases up at nursing homes in Wisconsin

The number of nursing home staff cases is up 60 percent.

WISCONSIN (WKBT) – The number of deaths related to COVID-19 doubled between August and September at nursing homes in Wisconsin.

That’s according to a American Association of Retired Persons analysis, which found a similar increase across the U.S.

Vaccination rates for residents and staff are up, but that doesn’t mean the concern has gone away.

“These numbers are still strikingly high. And it’s very important to understand that we can’t yet return to the lifestyle we had pre-pandemic. We got to make sure that safety is the number one priority,” said AARP Wisconsin communications director Jim Flaherty.

New infections among residents and staff in Wisconsin nursing homes rose as well.

Resident cases have tripled since August with a total of 162 cases reported

And the number of nursing home staff cases is up 60 percent.

A total of 16-point-five percent of Wisconsin nursing homes reported cases of COVID-19 within the last four weeks.