According to an AARP study published on Thursday, August 12, Florida had the highest proportion of Florida nursing homes
in the US reporting new COVID-19 infections among staff members
over four weeks in June and July.
In addition, ‘the Florida facilities’ had the nation’s second-lowest worker immunization rate.
Furthermore, according to the AARP study, Florida lags behind other states in terms of vaccinating
nursing home patients, with just ’73 percent of the residents’ deemed completely immunized. ‘81.7 % of
nursing home residents’ were completely immunized throughout the country.
During the 4 weeks, 40% of the state’s nursing homes reported that COVID-19 instances among staff members.
Florida lags below the national average of 60.4 percent, with just 45.1 % of’ long-term care’ personnel
According to ‘AARP Florida State Administrator Jeff Johnson’, the huge number of unvaccinated
employees practically ensured high COVID-19 infection rates.
In a written statement, Johnson said, “We saw this coming when it became apparent that Florida was
behind the country in immunizations of healthcare employees.” and “Our nursing home patients would
undoubtedly suffer greatly of unvaccinated staff members living in areas where coronavirus infections are
on the rise.”
COVID 19- Because of the widespread dissemination of the delta form of the new coronavirus, infections
are on the rise. The virus is mostly affecting the unvaccinated and has resulted in a significant rise in
hospitalizations in Florida and throughout the country.
The statistics may grow worse,
according to the researchers who worked on the AARP study. They found that ‘during the first week July
18′, Florida nursing homes reported twice as many ‘COVID 19 infections’ among staff and residents as they did
‘during the first week June 20’.
The researchers stated, “And more recent data indicates a rise in cases and fatalities in the week following July 18.”
According to AARP, vaccination coverage among employees in’ Florida nursing homes’ has stayed largely
stable. Staff members who worked in more than one nursing home had a role in the transmission of the
coronavirus, according to an early study of how it moved from one nursing home in Kings County, Wash.,
to at least eight additional long-term care institutions.
COVID-19 vaccinations were made available to nursing home patients and staff members for the first time in the USA and Florida
since the illness is especially hazardous to the elderly and individuals with ‘underlying health problems.’
According to CEO Jay Solomon, 65 percent of the 200-member workforce at Aviva Senior Living in Sarasota has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The vaccination percentage is higher than the statewide
average of 45.1 percent, which Solomon ascribed to the decision to employ a ‘nurse manager’ to act as
the “vaccine coordinator.”
However, after a spike in the number of positive COVID-19 tests in Sarasota County, Aviva Senior Living
stated this week that all of its employees would be completely vaccinated by Oct. 1. According to
Solomon, the business allows ‘medical and religious exemptions.’
According to Solomon, the reaction to ‘the mandate has been varied’ thus far. Some employees who were
opposed to vaccinations have “started the process,” Solomon added, which is a “really good sign.”
Three freshly recruited workers, meanwhile, did not show up for a staff orientation meeting on Thursday,
according to Solomon. Another two Aviva workers “resigned and walked out” after just six months on the
“We believed that our residents and staff’s protection and well-being were our top priorities.
We thought that this was our best method of fighting the virus from entering the community, and with
that positive rate increasing significantly, we felt that this was our best way of combatting the virus from
entering the community,” Solomon added, adding that one person had COVID-19 on Thursday.
PruittHealth, another nursing-home operator, said this week that all of its staff will be required to be
COVID-19 vaccinated. ‘Long-term care ‘facilities are owned by the business in Florida, Georgia, South
Carolina, and North Carolina.
The business started in a statement that it was enforcing the mandate due to poor immunization rates
among its employees. Fleming Island, ‘Panama City, Tallahassee, and Santa Rosa County ‘ are home to the