COVID-19: Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities: Snapshot of 90 Days After the First Reported Outbreak

2 June 2020       Authors: Myla R. Reizen, Sarah L. Carlins, Cheryl E. Choice

We are around 90 days from when the first reported case of COVID-19 hit a nursing home in the state of Washington. Since that time, the nursing home industry has continued to be hit hard by the virus throughout the country. According to data from a compilation of recent state reports by Kaiser Family Foundation, long-term care (LTC) facilities represent approximately 43 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in 40 states. On March 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that over 400 nursing homes had been impacted. By April 13, it was being reported that there were 2,300 facilities with cases in 37 states. A May 17, 2020 analysis found that approximately one in four nursing homes reported a case of COVID-19. As of May 28, 2020, it is being reported that in the 39 reporting states there have been almost 40,000 deaths in LTC facilities.

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COVID-19: Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities: Snapshot of 90 Days After the First Reported Outbreak