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Are Your State's Nursing Homes Prepared for COVID-19?

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Pandemic Preparedness

As COVID-19 cases surge again nationwide, many nursing homes — charged with caring for those at the most risk of contracting coronavirus — are still not prepared to cope with a historic health crisis. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living have released startling data about the failure to have even basic personal protective equipment on hand, finding that only two states have every nursing home prepared with a seven-day supply of surgical masks and gowns. In one state, nearly half of nursing homes have less than a week's worth of N95 masks. Here's a state by state breakdown on supplies based on information released July 30 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (The lower the percentage, the better.)


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Alabama
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Alaska

How many nursing homes: 19
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 13%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 0%
Lacking a week of gowns: 0%


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Phoenix, Arizona
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Arkansas

How many nursing homes: 227
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 11%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 4%
Lacking a week of gowns: 2%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim
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Denver
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Colorado

How many nursing homes: 225
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 19%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 15%
Lacking a week of gowns: 17%

Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Delaware
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Delaware

How many nursing homes: 47
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 24%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 20%
Lacking a week of gowns: 16%

Miami, FL
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Atlanta
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Georgia

How many nursing homes: 358
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 9%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 7%
Lacking a week of gowns: 9%

Honolulu, Hawaii
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Hawaii

How many nursing homes: 45
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 12%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 7%
Lacking a week of gowns: 14%

Boise, Idaho
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Idaho

How many nursing homes: 82
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 23%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 8%
Lacking a week of gowns: 8%

Chicago
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Indianapolis
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Indiana

How many nursing homes: 533
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 10%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 8%
Lacking a week of gowns: 9%

Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa

How many nursing homes: 434
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 26%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 15%
Lacking a week of gowns: 24%

Wichita, Kansas
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Kansas

How many nursing homes: 331
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 20%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 13%
Lacking a week of gowns: 14%

Louisville, Kentucky
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Kentucky

How many nursing homes: 285
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 10%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 9%
Lacking a week of gowns: 10%

New Orleans
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Portland, Maine
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Maine

How many nursing homes: 93
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 34%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 33%
Lacking a week of gowns: 18%

Baltimore, Maryland
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Maryland

How many nursing homes: 226
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 12%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 16%
Lacking a week of gowns: 19%

Boston, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts

How many nursing homes: 376
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 14%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 13%
Lacking a week of gowns: 14%

Detroit
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Minneapolis
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Minnesota

How many nursing homes: 368
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 11%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 8%
Lacking a week of gowns: 12%

Mississippi
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Mississippi

How many nursing homes: 204
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 14%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 8%
Lacking a week of gowns: 12%

Missouri
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Missouri

How many nursing homes: 522
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 8%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 5%
Lacking a week of gowns: 7%

Billings, Montana
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Montana

How many nursing homes: 71
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 26%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 23%
Lacking a week of gowns: 21%

Nebraska
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Nebraska

How many nursing homes: 201
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 17%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 5%
Lacking a week of gowns: 12%

Reno Nevada
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Nevada

How many nursing homes: 66
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 11%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 4%
Lacking a week of gowns: 4%

Manchester, New Hampshire
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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New Jersey

How many nursing homes: 363
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 16%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 9%
Lacking a week of gowns: 12%

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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New Mexico

How many nursing homes: 71
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 43%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 40%
Lacking a week of gowns: 42%

New York City
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New York

How many nursing homes: 619
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 8%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 3%
Lacking a week of gowns: 6%

Raleigh, North Carolina
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North Carolina

How many nursing homes: 428
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 23%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 15%
Lacking a week of gowns: 16%

Fargo, North Dakota
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North Dakota

How many nursing homes: 80
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 6%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 5%
Lacking a week of gowns: 4%

Cincinnati
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma

How many nursing homes: 298
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 16%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 1%
Lacking a week of gowns: 3%

Portland, Oregon
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Oregon

How many nursing homes: 130
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 9%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 7%
Lacking a week of gowns: 13%

Philadelphia
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Pennsylvania

How many nursing homes: 695
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 12%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 9%
Lacking a week of gowns: 11%

Rhode Island
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Rhode Island

How many nursing homes: 80
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 15%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 11%
Lacking a week of gowns: 18%

Greenville, South Carolina
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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South Dakota

How many nursing homes: 104
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 12%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 7%
Lacking a week of gowns: 10%

Memphis, Tennessee
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Tennessee

How many nursing homes: 316
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 21%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 12%
Lacking a week of gowns: 16%

Houston
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Texas

How many nursing homes: 1,219
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 4%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 1%
Lacking a week of gowns: 3%

Utah
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Utah

How many nursing homes: 98
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 4%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 3%
Lacking a week of gowns: 2%

Burlington, Vermont
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Vermont

How many nursing homes: 35
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 26%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 26%
Lacking a week of gowns: 26%

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia

How many nursing homes: 287
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 19%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 14%
Lacking a week of gowns: 14%

Seattle, Washington
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Washington

How many nursing homes: 205
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 15%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 14%
Lacking a week of gowns: 20%

Washington, D.C.
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Washington, D.C.

How many nursing homes: 18
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 6%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 0%
Lacking a week of gowns: 0%

Charleston, West Virginia
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West Virginia

How many nursing homes: 123
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 34%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 32%
Lacking a week of gowns: 33%

Wisconsin
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Wisconsin

How many nursing homes: 355
Lacking a week of N95 masks: 15%
Lacking a week of surgical masks: 9%
Lacking a week of gowns: 15%

Cheyenne, Wyoming
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