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

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.

State
Confirmed Cases
Covid-19 Deaths
Fatality Rate
United States
107,389
29,497
27%
New York
10,523
3,879
37%
New Jersey
10,425
2,916
28%
Massachusetts
9,065
2,859
32%
Pennsylvania
9,032
2,689
30%
Illinois
7,964
1,938
24%
California
7,290
1,677
23%
Connecticut
5,686
1,519
27%
Maryland
3,802
802
21%
Michigan
3,632
1,670
46%
Ohio
3,509
1,075
31%
Georgia
3,373
588
17%
Louisiana
3,348
760
23%
Texas
2,935
413
14%
Indiana
2,597
821
32%
Florida
2,491
638
26%
North Carolina
1,583
315
20%
Virginia
1,569
357
23%
Minnesota
1,508
427
28%
Rhode Island
1,419
355
25%
Mississippi
1,402
434
31%
Alabama
1,349
283
21%
Missouri
1,245
305
24%
South Carolina
1,089
221
20%
Colorado
1,081
371
34%
Kentucky
1,059
269
25%
Washington
817
200
24%
Delaware
806
214
27%
Wisconsin
802
124
15%
Iowa
756
191
25%
New Hampshire
731
166
23%
Arizona
653
180
28%
Nevada
490
98
20%
Arkansas
477
57
12%
Oklahoma
450
88
20%
Nebraska
372
84
23%
Tennessee
365
88
24%
District of Columbia
332
59
18%
West Virginia
233
41
18%
New Mexico
223
56
25%
Kansas
199
65
33%
Oregon
138
27
20%
Maine
128
30
23%
North Dakota
124
38
31%
Vermont
98
31
32%
Utah
97
12
12%
Idaho
57
37
65%
South Dakota
42
24
57%
Wyoming
16
3
19%
Montana
5
2
40%
Alaska
1
...
0%
Hawaii
1
1
100%
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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