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COVID-19 still a concern at long-term care facilities

Despite the removal of pandemic restrictions across Oregon, many residents of long-term care facilities are still impacted by the dangers of COVID-19. In May, a report published by the Oregon Health Authority stated that 62% of staff and 84% of residents at long-term care facilities that voluntarily reported data are vaccinated against COVID-19. The report provides the most recent, available data since some facilities have residents and staff that fluctuate. OHA aims to monitor the vaccination rate over time, says Rebecca Pierce, manager of the Healthcare Associated Infections Program at OHA. We hear from Pierce on how to interpret these vaccination numbers. We also hear from Fred Steele, Oregon’s long-term care ombudsman on how long-term care facilities can better serve their residents during times of crisis.

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