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The Nursing Home Tragedy

by MakeUsWell

The inquiry that led to this posting started with the question: where and why are Americans dying from the COVID-19 virus?  Frail older people with underlying health conditions have died in disproportionate numbers.

State health departments have been inconsistent or, in the case of New York State, incomplete in reporting COVID-19 nursing home deaths, but the compiled national reporting on nursing home deaths indicate that approximately 40% of all COVID-19 deaths have occurred in nursing homes or to nursing home residents in hospitals.

Getting the Narratives Right About Nursing Homes and Residential Housing

by MakeUsWell

The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic contains this summary statement:

Less than 1% of America’s population lives in long term care facilities, but, as of March 4, 2021, this tiny fraction of the country accounts for 34% of US COVID 19 deaths.

The authors of the COVID Tracking Project actually note that the correct percentage is higher:

CTP’s aggregated cumulative data for these states under-reports actual cumulative totals. This information can be found in our Aggregate Dataset. States vary in their reported cumulative data start date. Not all states and territories report long-term-care data.