Nearly 10,000 Nursing Home Residents in Pennsylvania have COVID-19
HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania has fared better than some states have to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Recent figures from the commonwealth indicate that 2,418 people have died from COVID-19. While the number is tragically high, the problem could be worse. Luck controlling the spread of the virus, it seems, ends at the front steps to a nursing home. Over 1,600, or about 66 percent, of COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania, could be traced back to a nursing home or facilities designed to care for seniors. Additionally, 3,000 of the 48,000-plus cases include healthcare workers, according to triblive.com. *
Almost 10,000 COVID-19 patients in Pennsylvania are connected to a nursing home or long-term care facility as a resident or a staff member. The latest statistics released suggest that 8,827 nursing home residents tested positive with COVID-19. Additionally, 1,148 healthcare workers employed by nursing homes or long-term facilities have also tested positive for COVID-19. State health officials would not provide a complete analysis of which nursing homes have residents and staff members with COVID-19. However, the figures available indicate that 478 nursing home and long-term care facilities spread across 44 of the commonwealth’s 67 counties account for at least one positive COVID-19 staff or resident.
In Pennsylvania, people aged 50 and older accounted for 54 percent of all coronavirus cases. The hospitalization rate approximates the number of cases in that age demographic. More specifically, people aged 50 to 64 make up about ten percent of all hospitalizations. People aged 65 to 79 have been hospitalized twenty percent of the time. Finally, people aged 80 and older are also hospitalized at a rate of twenty percent.
Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states who will attempt to reopen the economy. State health officials remind residents to continue maintaining a safe distance between people, limit the number of trips out of the house, and wear a mask when outside of the house.
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