In a hopeful turnaround during a long pandemic, US nursing homes that were once the epicenter of coronavirus infections are now seeing both cases and deaths fall steeply as the country’s vaccination rollout starts to take hold. From late December to early February, new cases among US nursing home residents fell by more than 80%, nearly double the rate of improvement in the general population, The New York Times reported. The downward trend in deaths was even more heartening: Even as fatalities spiked overall during the winter, deaths inside nursing homes dropped by more than 65%.