Nursing Homes & Extended Care Facilities Impacted by COVID-19

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 26 2021, DHEC will begin reporting cases and deaths on its Nursing Homes dashboard once a week on Tuesdays.  

COVID-19 data is showing a steady decline of cases in these facilities, prompting DHEC’s decision to scale back to weekly reporting. This will better ensure we provide timely and accurate information, which is our goal in all COVID-related data sharing.  

DHEC will continue adjusting COVID-related data reporting, recommendations, and other information as needed, based on the latest science and data. 

Cases & Deaths in Extended Care Facilities

DHEC prioritizes the identification of COVID-19 infections in nursing homes and assisted living facilities because the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 is common in these types of facilities, and the residents who live there are at high risk for developing complications or death from COVID-19 infection.

To better inform the public about the scope of COVID-19 within these types of facilities, DHEC is providing a twice weekly update on the facilities in the state that have a confirmed case or death from COVID-19. The dashboard below includes two lists: a cumulative list and a last 30 days list which is a more accurate reflection of the current COVID-19 burden in these types of facilities.

DHEC is continuing its partnership with nursing home facilities across the state to help them implement infection control practices that protect their residents and those who care for them during this pandemic.

Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facility Visitation

On July 20, 2021 DHEC rescinded Public Health Order No. COVID-19-5 after determining it is no longer necessary to gather and monitor information regarding access to visitation for residents in nursing homes and community residential care facilities. This means nursing homes and community residential care facilities are no longer required to report their weekly visitation status to DHEC.

Click here for the most current Recent Disease Activity by County report, which is updated on Thursdays.


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