VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, health care providers, and staff. Safe care is our mission.
Much of our work during the pandemic is described within our COVID-19 response plan. Plan installment 1 covers the period of January 2020 through June 2020. Plan installment 2 covers the period July 2020 through January 2021. Additional information can be found on the COVID-19 Response Reports page.
State Home COVID-19 Data
In accordance with Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, Public Law 116-315, State Homes will report COVID-19 related information to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weekly. State Homes (SHs) are owned and operated by individual States and all data are self-reported by the SHs. VA is required to post publicly the total numbers of SH COVID-19 cases and deaths among residents and staff. SHs (Skilled Nursing Facilities and Domiciliaries) are providing data to the CDC which has been a requirement for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) accredited programs since May 2020. VHA has been working with SHs to assist them in reporting to the CDC if they had not been previously. This data set will change as SHs report new data or enter corrections on NHSN to previously reported data. This report reflects the CDC data totals for the reporting facilities from May 2020 through July 31, 2022. For consistency with CMS reporting, the totals reported do not include cases or deaths prior to 5/25/2020.
In the week ending July 31, 2022, State Homes reported that there had been 288 new COVID-19 cases among residents. The State Homes reported the Veteran status for 185 (64%) of these cases. Of the reports that included Veteran status: 164 were Veteran cases and 21 were other resident cases, which may include spouses of Veterans or Gold Star parents. The State Homes reported 4 COVID-19 Veteran deaths that occurred during the week ending July 31, 2022, and 0 other resident deaths that week. In the week ending July 31, 2022, there were 463 new staff cases and 0 staff deaths.
This posting was updated August 11, 2022 and further updates will be posted weekly.
VA is providing a downloadable spreadsheet with reports for individual SHs. This spreadsheet will be updated each week. VA is also displaying a graph showing time trends for cases and deaths among residents and staff.
As expected, there is variability in data in NHSN over time as SHs have newly enrolled and reported data, and as SHs amended past data previously reported.