All 62 residents of a Norton, Kansas nursing home contracted COVID-19. Ten residents died. One remains hospitalized. The remaining 51 continued to be cared for at the nursing home. Some of the nursing home’s staff tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of the staff were being tested.
As of October 4, 2020, CMS reported that there had been 252,939 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in U.S. nursing homes; 143,848 suspected cases of nursing home COVID-19 cases; and, 59,626 nursing home deaths due to COVID-19.
The U.S. states with the highest nursing home resident average deaths per 1,000 residents due to COVID-19 were Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Louisiana, and Rhode Island. The states with the lowest nursing home resident average deaths per 1,000 residents due to COVID-19 were Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Maine, and Vermont.
The states with the highest total nursing home resident confirmed COVID-19 cases were Florida, Texas, and California.
A U.S. Senate report from September 2020 entitled “The Cost of Inaction: 11 Deaths An Hour An Update on the Trump Administration’s Response to COVID-19 in Nursing Homes,” which was an update to a comprehensive report released on July 1, 2020 by Senate Democrats entitled “COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: How the Trump Administration Failed Residents and Workers,” stated: “More than 1.3 million Americans receive health care services and supports in nursing homes across the country. And while residents in long-term care facilities, like nursing homes, represent a fraction of the country’s population, they account for more than 40 percent of all deaths due to COVID-19. To date, according to the latest media reports, more than 78,000 residents and workers in nursing homes and other long-term care settings have died from COVID-19. Further, it is well-documented that Black and Hispanic/Latinx nursing home residents have borne the brunt of the pandemic, becoming sick and dying at disproportionately higher rates compared to their white counterparts.”
“More than 16,800 nursing home residents and workers died of COVID-19 in July 2020 and August 2020. During those months, on average, more than one nursing home resident was infected every minute, and 11 residents died every hour … The number of nursing homes reporting PPE shortages tripled from July 5, 2020 to August 30, 2020, as inadequate supplies of basic safety equipment like N95 masks persisted … Nursing homes still lack adequate testing capacity. As of August 30, 2020, more than 700 nursing homes—nearly five percent of the Nation’s total—reported having no ability to test all residents or workers within the next seven days … Nursing homes continue to be severely short-staffed, with roughly one in five nursing homes nationwide reporting shortages of aides and one in seven reporting shortages of nurses … The Trump Administration is still not tracking nursing home COVID-19 cases and deaths prior to May 1, 2020, and it is still not collecting vital demographic data, including on race and ethnicity, on COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes.”
As of the morning of October 21, 2020, more than 8,316,000 people in the United States have been infected with COVID-19 and at least 220,900 have died, according to a New York Times database.
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