Over 25,000 Deaths from Coronavirus in Nursing Homes, Federal Report Shows

Tarrah Gibbons
June 02, 2020 - 4:39 pm
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The federal government has released data on the number of deaths in nursing home since the coronavirus pandemic started.

According to a new report obtained by ABC News, it shows nearly 26,000 deaths from COVID-19 across the country.

A letter sent to governors across the nation said that at least 25,923 nursing home residents died of the novel virus.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported at least 449 nursing home employees also died due to coronavirus.

Federal officials said that the numbers do not include data from some states before the month of May. It only offers 80% of all facilities across the nation.

The letter also said that the numbers may "inconsistent with state data, particularly state death data."

Doing the math, it would appear that 25% of the nation's over 104,000 COVID-19 fatalities were people in nursing homes.

The federal count also doesn't include data for assisted living facilities, as the government doesn't have authority.

The omission of assisted living facilities has drawn backlash from some advocates and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

“The reality is this virus doesn’t care whether seniors are living in assisted living facilities or living in nursing homes it can affect them regardless,” Warren said at a hearing earlier this month, according to the outlet.

Along with the data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said they plan to increase penalties and enforcement of infection controls at nursing homes.

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