Connecticut asks nursing homes to accept COVID patients from hospitals as staffing shortage persists

The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health is asking post-acute care facilities, which include skilled nursing facilities, long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and home health agencies, to accept hospital transfer patients with COVID-19. 

Those facilities “should be equipped to safely care for individuals with active COVID-19 who are ready for discharge from acute care,” according to the memo dated Jan. 6. Discharge cannot be delayed for pending test results, as nursing homes already have quarantine policies based on vaccination status. 

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The new guidance comes as more than 80% of nursing homes in Connecticut are reporting positive cases among residents and staff, The Connecticut Mirror reported. State health department data shows that more than 92% of residents aged 65 to 74 and 86.9% of those 75 or older are fully vaccinated. 

However, early studies indicate vaccines do not offer as much protection against omicron, now the dominant variant in the U.S., as they have against previous versions of the coronavirus.

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