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COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes across California and the U.S. [NY Times and LA Times]

Nearly half of all COVID-19 deaths in California and a third of deaths nationwide are linked to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults.



Original NY Times article written by Karen Yourish, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Danielle Ivory and Mitch Smith (Updated May 11, 2020)

Original LA Times article written by Anita Chabria, Ben Welsh, Jack Dolan, and Richard Winton (Published May 8, 2020 and Updated May 9, 2020)

Image from the NY Times article (Cases in long-term care facilities in each county)


Estimated to account for around 35% of all U.S. coronavirus deaths, at least 28,100 residents and workers have died from COVID-19 at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for older adults across the United States. According to a New York Times database, the virus has infected more than 153,000 at around 7,700 facilities nationwide so far. The amount of deaths linked to nursing homes and long-term care facilities is even more striking at the state level. In 14 states, the number of nursing home residents and workers who have died from COVID-19 accounts for more than half of all of the coronavirus deaths there. One of these states is California. According to a data analysis carried out by the Los Angeles Times, at least 1,276 people have died after being infected with COVID-19 in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities in California, at least 387 of which have reported cases. The coronavirus deaths tied to nursing homes and long-term care facilities for older adults account for more than 49% of total fatalities reported by the state. California has released new data suggesting that there have been many more outbreaks at nursing homes within the state than previously disclosed. Charlene Harrington, a professor at UC San Francisco who studies nursing homes, said the numbers are “scary” but not surprising.

Read more at: NY Times (Data for the U.S.): https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/09/us/coronavirus-cases-nursing-homes-us.html

LA Times (Data for California): https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-08/california-coronavirus-deaths-nearly-half-linked-to-elder-care-facilities

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