Nursing Homes Account for Nearly Half of COVID Deaths in Monroe County and State
HARRISBURG (APR 16 2020) - Yesterday the state Department of Health began providing statistics for COVID infections in the state's nursing homes.
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine disclosed that 324 of the state's 647 deaths related to COVID occurred in nursing home patients. With 3,316 nursing home patients having tested positive in the state, their mortality rate is nearly 10%.
In Monroe County, the six licensed facilities in the county have reported 67 cases and 13 deaths, a mortality rate of nearly 20%, or double the statewide experience. The 13 deaths represent just under half of the county's 28 reported deaths to date.
The DOH, Levine said, continues “to work closely with these facilities to provide infection control support and personal protective equipment.”
“First, the Department of Health, coordinating with the Department of Human Services, are working closely with all long-term care and personal care facilities to make sure that they have what they need to continue to care for patients and protect as much as possible, again, this vulnerable community,” she said during yesterday's COVID-19 press briefing. “Second, we all have to continue our social distancing efforts. The Pennsylvanians who provide care to this community, and the residents in long-term care living facilities need you to stay home to stop the spread of this dangerous virus, COVID-19, in Pennsylvania.” The department has not released facility-specific data on patient or employee COVID infections and deaths.