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 (SHs) are required to 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. 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) provide the data to the CDC/NHSN which provides it to VA. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has required CMS-accredited programs to provide COVID-19 related information to CDC/NHSN since May 2020. VA worked with SHs that were not CMS-certified to assist them to initiate and maintain reporting to the CDC/NHSN.
The total counts of cases and deaths displayed below on this page include cases reported by SHs to CDC/NHSN from January 2020 onward to the extent that the data are available. This cumulative case count is updated weekly. This data set changes as SHs report new data or enter corrections in CDC/NHSN to previously reported data. All counts of cases and deaths reported here are based on self-reporting by the SHs to CDC/NHSN and are subject to the limitations of self-reported data. Cumulative case and death counts reported may be incomplete for any time period and are especially likely to be incomplete for time periods prior to required reporting by SHs to CDC/NHSN.
In the week ending April 30, 2023, SHs reported that there had been 43 new COVID-19 cases. The SHs reported the Veteran status for 35 (81%) of these cases. Of the reports that included Veteran status: 34 were Veteran cases and 1 were other resident cases, which may include spouses of Veterans or Gold Star parents. The State Homes reported 0 confirmed COVID-19 Veteran death events that occurred during the week ending April 23, 2023, and 1 other resident deaths that week. In the week ending April 30, 2023, there were 50 new staff cases and 0 staff deaths.
This posting was updated May 11, 2023, and no further weekly updates will be posted. The federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS), expires at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. As such, Section 3003 of Public Law No. 116-315, which requires oversight for State Homes regarding COVID-19 infections, response capacity, and staffing levels during a covered public health emergency, also expires on May 11, 2023.
VA is providing a downloadable spreadsheet with reports for individual SHs as of the date of this final posting. 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 CDC/NHSN over time as SHs have newly enrolled and reported data, and as SHs have amended past data previously reported.