Dire Numbers of Covid-19 Cases and Fatalities in Nursing Homes

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Perception Health continues to analyze the medical claims records of Covid-19 patients. The CMS recently released a data file detailing the Covid-19 cases and deaths of nursing home residents and staff up to June 7, 2020.

The file details 107,389 confirmed Covid-19 cases among nursing home residents and 66,367 confirmed cases among nursing home staff. Combined these cases represent 9% of the total Covid-19 cases in the United States.

The data file lists 29,497 deaths among nursing home residents and 534 deaths among nursing home staff. This represents 29% of the total Covid-19 deaths across the United States.

More alarming is the fatality rate of Covid-19 patients in nursing home: 27%. The fatality rate of nursing home staff was only 1%. During the same time period, the fatality rate of all Covid-19 patients across the U.S. population was 5.37%.

As noted by the CDC, "the communal nature of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and the population served (generally older adults often with underlying medical conditions), put those living in nursing homes at increased risk of infection and severe illness from Covid-19." The coronavirus spreads easier among people in close proximity to each other over long periods of time, especially with inadequate ventilation. Our analysis of the CMS data supports the CDC's findings and recommendations.

Note: According to updated figures reported by the New York Times, the fatality rate of Covid-19 patients affiliated with nursing homes (as of July 15) now amounts to 42% of all U.S. deaths and 9% of all U.S. cases related to the coronavirus.

Counts of Nursing Home Residents by State

The following table shows the counts of confirmed Covid-19 cases, deaths, and the fatality rate among nursing home residents in each state and the District of Columbia as of June 7, 2020. It is sorted by the count of cases. Two states to note: Michigan has a high count of cases and a very high fatality rate of 46% for its nursing home residents. Texas, which has almost 3,000 cases in nursing home residents, only has a 14% fatality rate. This is one of the lowest rates on the list for states with more than 100 confirmed nursing home cases.

Source: CMS database of Covid-19 cases involving nursing home residents and staff through June 7, 2020.

Counts of Nursing Home Staff by State

We also received the numbers of confirmed cases, deaths, and the fatality rate for Covid-19 cases involving nursing home staff in each state and the District of Columbia. Overall, the fatality rate for each state was around 1%. Oklahoma has the highest fatality rate for nursing home staff and the only one over 2%. This is noteworthy because Oklahoma's overall fatality rate is significantly lower than the overall U.S. fatality rate for all Covid-19 patients.

Stay safe during these times

These statistics reiterate the fact that individuals who visit nursing home residents and staff should take extra precautions. Wear a mask, wash your hands often, and continue to monitor the number of Covid-19 cases in your area.

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