Iowa is one of several states, mostly in the Midwest, where coronavirus cases in nursing homes are rising faster than in nursing homes nationally.
While national cases in nursing home residents and staff rose by 8% between September and October, the numbers in Iowa more than doubled in that time, according to the AARP.
Hospitalizations are also climbing. Iowa is one of a handful of states with the highest number of people hospitalized per million residents.
Dr. Glenn Hurst, who is the medical director at seven nursing homes in and around Council Bluffs in western Iowa, says nursing homes and hospitals both play a part.
Hospitalized patients typically need to do rehabilitation at a nursing home after they leave the hospital, he says. Sometimes they’re there for weeks.
“If your hospitals are bottlenecked and you open up that bottleneck with more beds or field hospitals or however you do that,