Data & Research

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​AHCA/NCAL develops and compiles cutting edge, comprehensive research and data concerning the long term and post-acute care sector. Whether conducted by AHCA/NCAL and prestigious research agencies or gathered from government agencies, the association aims to provide a clear picture to the public and policymakers about the state of skilled nursing centers​.​​​

 Untitled ‭[1]‬

​​​COVI​D-19 Nursing Home Dashboard

​Updated weekly​


Note: The data begins at the end of May 2020 because nursing homes began weekly reporting to the federal government in mid-May 2020. Data prior to May 2020 be found by contacting state health departments.​ Visit the CMS website​ for more information. 

​Independent research indicates that community spread is linked to COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes. Long term care residents and staff were among the first to receive the ​vaccine through on-site clinics beginning the week of December 18, 2020. ​




 ‭(Hidden)‬ County Positivity Classification

On August 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an interim final rule that established Long-Term Care (LTC) Facility Testing Requirements for Staff and Residents. Specifically, skilled nursing facilities are required to test residents and staff for COVID-19 based on parameters set forth by the HHS Secretary. Included in the requirements is a trigger for routine testing for staff and residents based on the extent of the virus in the community as indicated by CMS it its published report on county positivity rate in the prior week.

​County Color Classifi​cation
​County Positivity Rates
​Nursing Home Testing Requirements

​Less than 5% positivity
OR fewer than 20 tests
​Once a month

​5-10% positivity
greater than 10% positivity and less than 500 tests and less than 2,000 tests per 100,000 people
​Once a week

​Greater than 10% positivity
and do not meet the criteria for 'g​reen' or 'yellow'
​Twice a week

Learn more about the testing requirements at under the Testing section. 

 SNF Occupancy

Fast Facts