Nursing Homes Account For 11% Of COVID-19 Cases, 43% Of Deaths In US

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by Tyler Durden
Sunday, Jun 28, 2020 - 08:30 PM

43% of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States are residents or employees of nursing homes or other long-term care (LTC) facilities, according to the New York Times (which fails to mention that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered NY nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients from hospitals). Nursing homes, meanwhile, account for just 11% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States.

To date, just over 125,000 people in the US have died of COVID-19, 54,000 of which were linked to LTC facilities.

Via the New York Times

By state, New Hampshire LTC facilities are at the top of the list - accounting 80% of COVID-19 deaths in the state. Rhode Island and Minnesota are tied at 77%, while Connecticut comes in at 73% of deaths linked to nursing homes.

Via the New York Times

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. -New York Times

Via the New York Times

And while New York ranks at the bottom of the pack when it comes to LTC facility deaths as a percentage of overall deaths in the state, New York nursing homes come in 2nd on the list after New Jersey in terms of overall deaths in LTC facilities, at 6,432.

Via the New York Times

Perhaps protecting the elderly and those with comorbidities would have been preferable to tanking the economy with months-long lockdowns.