The Covid-19 death toll linked to U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care facilities has surpassed 100,000, according to a Wall Street Journal tally of data from around the U.S.
The coronavirus disease is particularly risky for elderly people with underlying health conditions, and nursing homes house such residents in close confines. Outbreaks have also hit other kinds of senior homes like assisted-living facilities, and the deaths stemming from long-term care outbreaks comprise nearly 40% of the more than 260,000 overall Covid-19 deaths recorded by Johns Hopkins University.
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The pace of deaths in this vulnerable population is on the rise, according to federal data tracking nursing homes, the hardest-hit kind of senior facility. These outbreaks mirror the growth in cases and rising tide of deaths nationwide.
“Sadly, nothing has changed,” said Tamara Konetzka, a professor of health-services research at the University of Chicago. Read more at WSJ