More than 40% of U.S. coronavirus deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities for elderly

by Laura Mize · Jun 16th, 2020 1:34 pm

Nearly 51,000 people who died of coronavirus in the United States lived in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes before they died, according to state data.

The 50,919 deaths from such facilities, which predominantly house seniors, account for 40% of the nation's death toll. Johns Hopkins University has calculated the total number of coronavirus deaths nationwide at a little more than 116,000.

The Wall Street Journal reports the actual number of coronavirus deaths from long-term care facilities is likely higher than confirmed, due to state differences in reporting and delays in reporting.


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