My mom was a resident of a nursing home in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Visiting and assisting with her care was very difficult. While she didn't pass away from a Covid 19 infection, the patient volume from the virus in tri-state hospitals made transferring her to a higher level of care impossible on election day, November 3rd, 2020. She passed away on November 12th, 2020.
Information on Covid 19 outbreaks was sparse, especially for nursing homes. It was frustrating that our local health departments did not share the case numbers so we could better understand the risks to these residents. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began aggregating the case and death data for long term care facilities across the United States and made it available to the public. The neighboring counties of Jefferson, Saline, White, and Williamson Counties had many deaths in the LTC facilities.
Summaries of Covid case and death numbers were generated for the Illinois Counties and Congressional, House, and Senate Districts. Reports and maps were created from this data.
The representatives for Illinois Congressional District 15 have the distinction of having the most nursing home Covid 19 deaths in the state.
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|Disclaimer and Credits: The reports and maps have been prepared using data found in the Nursing Home COVID-19 Public File reported by facilities to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system COVID-19 Long Term Care Facility Module. The Census Bureau's Cartographic Boundary Files provided the geographical coordinates for the Illinois Congressional and State legislative districts. The point-in-polygon algorithm, by Michaël Niessen, was used to assign facilities to a district with the coordinates from the CDC data. In the event that latitude and longitude were not present, the facility address was manually found by Google search. The accuracy of the information cannot be confirmed and is presented as is. Analyze the data and prepare your own conclusions in the event that you disagree with the reports.|