More than 40% of the coronavirus deaths in the United States have occurred among residents and staff members at nursing homes and long-term care facilities, according to a new analysis.
The Wall Street Journal examined the numbers related to COVID-19 cases and deaths and found that 50,919 of the deaths happened in facilities for America's most vulnerable population. That number is roughly 43% of the more than 118,000 overall deaths in the U.S.
The Journal noted, however, that the number of cases in long-term care facilities is likely higher than the official count because of how the data is reported to public health authorities in each state.
On June 1, it was reported that almost 26,000 virus deaths had occurred in nursing homes.
The U.S. has seen around 2.2 million COVID-19 cases since the SARS-CoV-2 virus first cropped up on the West Coast in January. Since then, almost 120,000 Americans have died. Worldwide, the number of cases eclipsed 8 million on Tuesday and more than 440,000 have perished.
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