Researchers at North Carolina A&T State University are hoping a new study will help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths at residential care facilities, including nursing homes. 

COVID-19 mortality rates have been especially high at congregate living facilities. And safety guidelines have varied widely from state to state.

The N.C. A&T study examines measures taken regarding visitation, staff screening, and the use of PPE at facilities such as nursing homes. Researchers hope the data can help predict COVID-19 cases and deaths. They will also look at community-level factors that may have contributed to the number of cases in these residences.

One professor involved in the study says it will be important to gauge the impact of care providers who might carry the virus into residential care facilities.

According to a news release, researchers conducted community-based research and convened an advisory board comprised of a diverse assembly of public health experts. The board will not only provide feedback on the research but help develop recommendations that could help reduce COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The study is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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