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Long-Term Care Facility Characteristics Associated With COVID-19 Cases & Deaths

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on residents and staff at long-term care facilities. A review of data from 36 published studies has linked certain characteristics of facilities to more COVID-19 cases and deaths. 

In the review, which is published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, facilities that had a larger number of beds and were located in areas with high COVID-19 prevalence tended to have more COVID-19 cases and deaths.  

Also, having more staff members was associated with a higher probability of an outbreak; however, in facilities with known COVID-19 cases ...