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- August 6, 2021

As delta variant spreads, how safe are nursing homes?

New protocols, vaccines have local leaders optimistic

by By Chris Kenrick

The early months of the pandemic highlighted long-standing flaws in the nation's fragmented system of care for frail seniors. Before vaccinations became available last December, nursing home residents accounted for up to 40% of COVID-19 deaths. And while coronavirus-related deaths among seniors have plummeted since that time, the pandemic is not over as infections from the more contagious delta variant surge.

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