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January 2022

A Multifaceted Statewide COVID-19 Infection Control Program in Massachusetts Nursing Homes Reduced Infection Rates in the Most Vulnerable Residents

BOSTON – A new study published today in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences found that multifaceted interventions, particularly cohorting of residents, in addition to adherence to proper infection control procedures, can reduce COVID-19 infections, even in facilities with high percentages of high-risk residents. Earlier studies found that high-risk nursing home residents, especially those who were Black or were suffering from dementia, tended to have higher infection rates for COVID-19.