A new analysis in USA Today suggests up to 40% of US deaths from COVID-19 have taken place in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, a staggering statistic that represents 40,600 residents. More than 2.4 million Americans live in long-term care facilities. That means roughly 450 residents of these facilities have died each day from COVID-19 since March. But the newspaper said this is likely an undercount, as state reporting is inconsistent. Texas, Virginia, and Arizona, for example, have still not released facility-level data. The USA Today numbers are double what the federal government said yesterday were the number of fatalities in US nursing homes —25,923 out of 60,439 cases. Those numbers were released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency cautions the numbers are likely an underestimate, as only about 80% of nursing homes have reported, and only federally regulated nursing homes are represented — not assisted-living facilities. Included in the government numbers are 449 nursing home staff fatalities. New York had the most nursing home deaths, with 2,948, followed by 2,261 in Massachusetts. In total, the US has reported 1,827,206 cases of COVID-19, including 106,028 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

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