Coronavirus cases drop at US homes for elderly and infirm

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Coronavirus cases have dropped at U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care facilities over the past few weeks.

The dip offers a glimmer of hope that health officials attribute to the start of vaccinations, an easing of the post-holiday surge and better prevention, among other reasons.

Statistics show that more than 153,000 residents of the country’s nursing homes and assisted living centers have died of COVID-19, accounting for 36% of the U.S. pandemic death toll.

Although experts say the vaccination rollout may be contributing to the drop in cases, other factors are likely playing a larger role.

And they caution that threats are still looming, including new strains of the virus.

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