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New COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Among Nursing Home Residents Have Dropped Since Vaccinations Began

As of Feb. 14, 2021, weekly new deaths among nursing home residents have decreased by 83% since long-term care vaccination efforts started at the end of December, compared to a 67% increase in new deaths among all non-nursing home residents during the same period. Learn more in this Chart of the Week.

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HIV Viral Suppression Rate in U.S. Lowest Among Comparable High-Income Countries

The rate of HIV viral suppression among people living with HIV in the United States is the lowest compared to other high-income countries. Learn more in the latest Chart of the Week.

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37 States Explicitly Outline What Conditions are Considered “High-Risk” for Vaccine Prioritization

Here’s a breakdown of how states are including “high-risk medical conditions” in their vaccination priority groups. Among the 50 states and DC, 37 have provided explicit information on what conditions they consider “high risk.” Learn more in this Chart of the Week.

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People of Color Especially Don’t Know Where or When to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

In the January report from the COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, the lack of information around where and when to get the COVID-19 vaccine is particularly pronounced among Hispanic and Black adults compared to White Adults. Learn more in this Chart of the Week.

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COVID-19 Now Leading Cause of Death in the United States

In January 2021, the number of deaths from COVID-19 increased so rapidly that it has clearly become the number one cause of death in the U.S., with an average of more than 3,000 people per day dying of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of Jan. 26. Learn more in this Chart of the Week from the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker.

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Long-Term Care Facilities Battled Rising COVID-19 Cases In Weeks Leading Up to Roll Out of Vaccines to Residents and Staff

Long-term care facility (LTCF) cases and deaths were highest in the final two months of 2020 in many states, mirroring the spike in total COVID-19 case numbers and deaths this winter.

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When People See Wearing a Mask as Part of Everyone’s Responsibility, They Are More Likely to Do So

Adherence to public health guidance in the coronavirus pandemic is likely affected by the public framing of the issue. A new KFF Health Tracking Poll finds that the use of protective face masks varies depending on whether people view it as a personal choice or collective responsibility.

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Coronavirus Cases Surging Across the Country

Six states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Nebraska — had an average daily increase of more than 1,000 coronavirus cases per million people in the past week, and 13 additional states saw an average of upwards of 500 new daily cases per million people. Learn more in this Chart of the Week.

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Half the Public Say President Trump Doesn’t Have a Plan to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions from Insurance Discrimination

The nomination of a new Supreme Court justice has placed heightened scrutiny on what President Trump’s administration would do to continue the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions if the Supreme Court invalidates the law.

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Half of Older Adults in Worse Health Have Reported Anxiety or Depression During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Older adults who are already suffering from worse health conditions and heightened risk during the pandemic are combating the additional challenge of anxiety and depression at higher rates. Learn more in this Chart of the Week.

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