More Than 40% of U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Linked to Nursing Homes - The New York Times


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Summary generated on August 14, 2020


    11%. of all U.S. cases.

    At least 54,000 residents and workers have died from the coronavirus at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults in the United States, according to a New York Times database.

    As of June 26, the virus has infected more than 282,000 people at some 12,000 facilities.

    While 11 percent of the country's cases have occurred in long-term care facilities, deaths related to Covid-19 in these facilities account for more than 43 percent of the country's pandemic fatalities.

    The share of deaths linked to long-term care facilities for older adults is even starker at the state level.

    In 24 states, the number of residents and workers who have died accounts for either half or more than half of all deaths from the virus.

    Infected people linked to nursing homes also die at a higher rate than the general population.

    The median case fatality rate - the number of deaths divided by the number of cases - at facilities with reliable data is 17 percent, significantly higher than the 5 percent case fatality rate nationwide.

    In the absence of comprehensive data from some states and the federal government, The Times has been assembling its own database of coronavirus cases and deaths at long-term care facilities for older adults.

    These include nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, memory care facilities, retirement and senior communities and rehabilitation facilities.

    Including Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey and South Carolina, regularly release cumulative data on cases and deaths at specific facilities.

    New York regularly releases facility-level information about deaths, but not about cases.

    Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota, among others, provide some details on the number of cases at specific facilities - but not on deaths.

    Others report aggregate totals for their states but provide no information on where the infections or deaths have occurred.

    The Times's numbers are based on official confirmations from states, counties and the facilities themselves, as well as some data provided by the federal government.

    They include residents and, in cases in which reporting is available, employees of the facilities.

    The New York Times is tracking the coronavirus at nursing homes and long-term care centers.

    Here is a list of cases and deaths at long-term care facilities that have had at least 50 cases.

    We are updating the numbers as we are able to confirm them with state, county and facility officials.

    In New York facilities, the case count is often the same as the death count because the state only reports the number of people who have died but not the number of overall infections.