100,000 of the COVID-Associated Deaths in the US Are From Nursing Homes
0.5% of the population contributes over 40% of the deaths (more if NY's juking of the numbers is taken into account) but please continue abusing children over it (not that it's even helping)
Tehe Covid-19 death toll linked to U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care facilities has surpassed 100,000, according to a Wall Street Journal tally of data from around the U.S.
The coronavirus disease is particularly risky for elderly people with underlying health conditions, and nursing homes house such residents in close confines. Outbreaks have also hit other kinds of senior homes like assisted-living facilities, and the deaths stemming from long-term care outbreaks comprise nearly 40% of the more than 260,000 overall Covid-19 deaths recorded by Johns Hopkins University.
The pace of deaths in this vulnerable population is on the rise, according to federal data tracking nursing homes, the hardest-hit kind of senior facility. These outbreaks mirror the growth in cases and rising tide of deaths nationwide.
“Sadly, nothing has changed,” said Tamara Konetzka, a professor of health-services research at the University of Chicago.
The Journal’s tally of state, federal and local data also includes more than 670,000 probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases in long-term care, affecting both residents and staff members. The real death toll and case counts are likely higher due to delays in some states’ reporting and gaps in the numbers. For example, New York state doesn’t specify counts for nursing-home cases or Covid-19-linked deaths among nursing residents who died outside the facility, which often occurs when the sick are sent to hospitals.
Some state-level counts may reflect outbreaks in other kinds of adult group homes that are lumped in with nursing and assisted-living facilities. Data from some states also include probable or presumed Covid-19 deaths, which can mean ones not confirmed by a laboratory test, which was an issue during testing shortages early in the pandemic.
Source: Wall Street Journal