CHICAGO — Nearly 70 percent of seniors housing communities are reporting at least one case of COVID-19 within their walls, while 60 percent say they have no immediate plans to loosen isolation restrictions, according to a survey undertaken by Chicago-based specialty investment bank Ziegler.
The Ziegler CFO Hotline network survey was conducted between May 15 and May 22. Nearly 320 providers, largely nonprofit, participated, representing approximately 650 individual communities.
Staff were notably more likely to have the virus than residents — 65 percent of communities had staff that tested positive, compared with 56 percent with residents testing positive. Consistent with national trends for all age groups, providers in the Northeast region were the most likely to have positive cases among residents and staff.
Of the respondents that had positive COVID-19 cases, the percentage of the population affected was under 2 percent for both residents and staff.
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