Coronavirus cases drop at US homes for elderly and infirm

  • Resident Eleanor Garrison, left, talks with director of nursing Cheri Place-Chafin in her room Wednesday, at Arbor Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center in Opelika, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

  • Carmela Sileo, left, and Susan McEachern talk in the dayroom Wednesday at Arbor Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center in Opelika, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

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