Long-term Care and COVID-19

The NCHS National Post-acute and Long-term Care Study (NPALS) collects data on long-term care every two years for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The goal is to monitor the diverse post-acute and long-term care fields. The 2020 survey provided an opportunity to collect COVID-19-related data for residential care communities and adult day services centers, important long-term care settings. These data are not available from other data systems. Select a setting below to view figures related to experiences of COVID-19 from January 2020 through March 2021, including the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among users and staff, practices taken to reduce COVID-19 exposure and transmission, and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages.

Long-term Care Settings
Health care provider at residential care community

The data used in these figures are considered preliminary and the results may change after the release of the final 2020 NPALS data file, which will be updated in 2022. Data represent RCCs and not individuals. Topics covered in these figures include the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among residents and staff, practices taken to reduce COVID-19 exposure and transmission, and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages. The figures can display different groups depending on the measure of interest.

Yoga at adult day service center

The data used in these figures are considered preliminary and the results may change after the release of the final 2020 NPALS data file, which will be updated in 2022. Data represent ADSCs and not individuals. Topics covered in these figures include the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among participants and staff, practices taken to reduce COVID-19 exposure and transmission, and personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages. The figures can display different groups depending on the measure of interest.

Page last reviewed: August 10, 2021