At lest 68,000 residents and workers in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from the coronavirus, making up more than 40% of deaths from the virus, according to a New York Times analysis.
Despite making up 41% of deaths from COVID-19, just 8% of the country's cases have occurred in long-term care facilities. The virus has infected more than 402,000 people at around 17,000 facilities as of August 13.
The death rate presents a starker contrast at the state level, with 20 states seeing facility-linked deaths account for either half or more than half of all deaths from the virus.
Infected people linked to nursing homes are also seeing higher fatality rates — 16% at nursing homes compared to 3% in the general population.
Nursing home populations are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus is particularly deadly to those older than 60 who have underlying health conditions. It can also spread more quickly through congregate facilities.
There are currently 5,228,817 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., according to the CDC.