Colorado Veterans Community Living Centers have done a better job of preventing the spread of COVID-19 at their facilities, compared to similar facilities, according to a report released by the Colorado State Auditor’s Office. The report was compiled after a performance audit of the five state-owned living centers, which provide long-term, short-term and memory care services to honorably released veterans and their spouses, as well as “Star of goldâParents and children.
One of the living centers was criticized at the start of the pandemic for not being able to control outbreaks of the virus.
Auditors were tasked with determining whether living centers implemented COVID-19 infection prevention measures required by the federal and state governments, which included daily antigen testing and weekly PCR testing for staff. , the use of personal protective equipment and frequent disinfection of hands and surfaces.
All the living centers were found to comply with the measures and they resulted in a decrease in infections, deaths and the duration of epidemics, according to the report.
The living centers have had infection rates among residents that are nearly four times lower than those of similar types of health facilities. Overall, COVID-19 deaths in Colorado nursing homes have ranked among the worst in the country. A CPR News investigation found that Colorado had the worst rate of death per occupied nursing home bed in the United States between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, twice the national average.
Between March 2020 and August 2021, the five life centers recorded 266 staff cases and 174 resident cases. All 58 deaths from COVID-19 during that period were among residents.