A Large Number of COVID Deaths Are From Nursing Homes

40% of coronavirus deaths from nursing homes

Newly Released Data Shows Long-Term Care Facilities Report 40% of Coronavirus Deaths

Two new analyses of coronavirus deaths throughout the United States have revealed that many fatalities occur at long-term care facilities, as many as 43%. The data comes from the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and ABC News. The ABC News report added that the figure is more than 50% in at least 18 states.

  1. Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (updated May 22, 2020)

The nonprofit’s analysis of state-by-state COVID-19 fatality shows that “the most under-appreciated aspect of the novel coronavirus pandemic is its effect on a specific population of Americans: those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.”

  • As many as 43% of U.S. COVID-19 deaths have occurred in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
  • Among states reporting nursing home fatalities, death from COVID-19 has struck 1.8% of U.S. residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities.
  • Share of deaths occurring in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is highest in Minnesota, at 81%.
  • It’s possible nursing home facilities have been underreporting their COVID-19 fatality figures.

“States and localities should consider reorienting their policy responses away from younger and healthier people, and toward the elderly, and especially elderly individuals living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities,” the authors wrote.

View the FREEOPP.org report here.

  1. ABC News (May 26, 2020)

According to an ABC News analysis of the latest available public health data provided by 40 states and Washington, D.C.:

  • There has been over 37,600 nursing home fatalities from the novel coronavirus.
  • Nursing home fatalities now account for nearly 40% of all coronavirus deaths.
  • More than 182,500 nursing home residents and staff members at this point have reportedly contracted COVID-19.
  • Ten states have still not released figures for infections and deaths in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities.

View the ABC News report here.

Understaffing, Lack of Resources, and a History of Poor Care Quality Are to Blame

These latest state data reviews do more than only suggest that nursing home infections and deaths are not slowing and that more needs to be done to protect America’s most vulnerable from COVID-19. All-time lows in understaffed facilities and untrained labor, as well as a lack of testing and personal protection equipment (PPE) and nursing home owners and administrators who choose to disregard infectious disease guidelines, continue to be significant contributors to the climbing number of deadly outbreaks.

Legal Advocates for Illinois Nursing Home Residents and Staff

If you suspect COVID-19 disruptions have put a nursing home resident at risk of infectious disease and related elder abuse or neglect dangers, please contact Levin & Perconti for a free consultation. The conversation is confidential, and one of our Chicago nursing home negligence attorneys is ready to help you today. Call 312-332-2872 or toll-free at 877-374-1417.

Watch: Families should know what to do if there are concerns about the facility’s infection control practices.

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