Analysis of COVID-19 Long-Term Care Deaths in 17 Countries
The Canadian Institute for Health Information performed an analysis using data collected (report as of May 25, 2020) from 17 countries to show the similarities and differences between coronavirus pandemic experiences related to long-term care. The review focused on three specific areas of comparison:
- COVID-19 outcomes in LTC (cases and deaths)
- Baseline sector characteristics; and
- Policy responses to address the pandemic.
Data on COVID-19 cases and deaths was collected from official surveillance websites, including the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor. The countries analyzed included Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The findings revealed a global need for long-term care reform.
- Long-term care-related deaths in 16 other countries, including the United States and United Kingdom, account for about 42% of all COVID-19 related deaths on average.
- Countries with higher rates of infection and pressure ulcers in 2019 tended to have more COVID-19 cases and deaths.
- More than 80% of all COVID-19 deaths in Canada are from long-term care facilities and retirement homes.
- Countries, like Australia, had fewer infections and deaths after ordering additional precautions, like “broad testing and training, isolation wards to manage clusters, surge staffing, specialized teams and personal protective equipment.”
- Many countries reported high rates of infection among health care workers, leading to absenteeism and staffing shortages.
In the United States, reports estimate the total number of U.S. nursing home-related deaths from coronavirus to be at least 55,000 long-term care residents and workers.
In Illinois, as of July 10th, 23,340 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,898 deaths have been reported among residents in all long-term care facilities, not just outbreaks. To continue our work advocating for the long-term care community in Illinois, Levin & Perconti attorneys are asking anyone who has information about an outbreak of COVID-19 in an Illinois long-term care facility to speak on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens.
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Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information. Pandemic Experience in the Long-Term Care Sector: How Does Canada Compare With Other Countries?. Ottawa, ON: CIHI; 2020.