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Nearly 50% of All COVID Deaths are Tied to This One Place

They resulted in at least 54,000 deaths of both residents and workers.

When COVID-19 first started spreading across the country, it became clear that certain types of places were more prone to major outbreaks than others. One of these was undoubtedly nursing homes and long-term care facilities, due to the fact that they are not only inhabited by older adults and those with pre-existing health conditions, but also due to the close quarters of the facilities and lack of PPE for the staff. Just how hard were these types of residential facilities hit by the highly infectious virus? According to new data courtesy of The New York Times, a whopping 43 percent of virus deaths in the United States were tied to nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, memory care facilities, retirement and senior communities, and rehabilitation facilities.

More Than 282,000 People Infected

According to data compiled by the publication, as of June 26, COVID-19 had infected more than 282,000 people and resulted in at least 54,000 deaths of both residents and workers at some 12,000 facilities across the country. Keep in mind that just 11 percent of coronavirus cases have occurred in these kinds of facilities. 

When looking at the statistics in a state-by-state breakdown, the numbers are even more startling. According to the publication, in 24 states more than half the total of COVID-19 deaths accounted for were residents and workers of these facilities. In Minnesota, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, more than three-quarters of all coronavirus deaths have been tied to long-term care facilities.

They also point out that when people at nursing homes are infected with coronavirus, their chances of dying are greater. The case fatality rate at nursing homes is over triple that of the nationwide rate at 17 percent versus 5 percent. 

Cases in New Jersey and Throughout the USA

The NYT also published a list of facilities with the most coronavirus cases and deaths, which they will continue to update as new information becomes available. At Paramus Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus, New Jersey, there were a whopping 292 cases and 82 deaths, while the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation recorded 83 cases of coronavirus, all resulting in death. At Soldiers Home in Holyoke Veterans Center and Hospital 161 people were infected with 74 deaths and Conestoga View Nursing and Rehabilitation in Lancaster, PA experienced 153 infections and 74 deaths. 

As for yourself, only leave the home if it's essential, wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, monitor your health and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Leah Groth
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