Data analyzed by USA Today earlier this week showed that state agencies reported that more than 3,000 people had died in nursing homes in 37 states.
The Times data shows much more than that, revealing that about one-fifth of deaths from the virus in the United States have been linked to nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.
“These are deadly pits,” Betsy McCaughey, a former lieutenant-governor of New York, who founded the Committee to Reduce Deaths from Infection, told The Times. “These rest homes are already overwhelmed. They are crowded and understaffed. A HIV-positive patient in a nursing home produces carnage. “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approximately 15,600 nursing homes with 1.3 million residents in the United States. At first, public health officials warned that the elderly and mecompromise with mmune are particularly at risk of dying from the virus.
The coronavirus epidemic in the United States first broke out in a Washington State nursing home where dozens of people died. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said last month these facilities are “an accelerator” of the virus.
New Jersey government Thursday Phil Murphy (D) instructed his Attorney General to investigate nursing homes in the state experiencing a high number of coronavirus deaths after authorities found 17 bodies in a rest house morgue built for up to four people.
Nursing home workers who spoke with The Times said that they lacked adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), which put them and the residents at risk.
representative Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Democrats find it difficult to follow Trump’s message on coronavirus Pelosi forms House committee to oversee response to coronaviruses Democrats introduce bill to establish commission to review response to coronaviruses MORE (D-Miss.), Who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and other public health officials on Friday regarding the lack of PPE and other medical supplies in long-term care and nursing. houses in the country.
“I have received many inquiries and concerns from my constituents who are deeply concerned about loved ones who are at unique risk of contracting COVID-19 in long-term care homes and nursing homes nurses, “wrote Thompson.
“Like so many aspects of the administration’s approach to acquiring and distributing PPE and other medical supplies and equipment, the specific processes for distributing PPE to long-term care facilities and retirement homes remain a mystery, ”he added.