CONNECTICUT — The full impact of the coronavirus on nursing homes and assisted living facilities far transcended infection tallies and death tolls, according to a new report.
The final report from Mathematica Policy Research, released Wednesday, evaluates the COVID-19 preparedness and response of both the state and the long-term care industry and makes specific recommendations for handling future outbreaks. Gov. Ned Lamont ordered the independent, third-party review on June 8. An interim report was released to the public on August 15.
Key Mathematica findings include that nursing homes in communities with high levels of
COVID-19 were more likely to have severe COVID outbreaks and that the impact on Connecticut’s nursing homes was similar to the experience of neighboring states. The report also notes the adverse impact of visitation restrictions on health and well-being of nursing home residents.
The state “has already implemented or begun to implement 14 out of the