COVID-19 Death Rate at VA Nursing Homes Is 13 Times Lower Than National Average



If you’re in a nursing home operated by theĀ Department of Veterans Affairs, data shows you’re about half as likely to contract COVID-19 as you are in a non-VA senior living facility, and 13 times less likely to die from the disease.

In the past year, 1,679 residents of VA nursing homes, which it calls community living centers or CLCs, contracted COVID-19, and 143 died “within 30 days after a positive test,” according to the department.

With more than 30,000 American veterans living in these facilities, that translates to an infection rate of 5.47 per 100 people and a death rate of less than .5%.

Author(s): Patricia Kime

Publication Date: 10 February 2021

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