Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths by State

Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths by State

Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths by State

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, nursing home residents have accounted for 35-40% of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. That’s a huge percentage considering that the 1.5 million people who live in nursing homes only make up 0.45% of the entire U.S. population.

Which states have had the most coronavirus nursing home deaths? We ranked all 50 using information collected from the Nursing Home COVID-19 Public File, which includes data reported to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network. This data shares information about the nursing homes’ facility capacity, resident impact, the amount of supplies and protective equipment, as well as their ventilator capacity. Four states in the Northeast found themselves at the top of the list, with coronavirus nursing home fatality rates of more than 100 deaths per 1,000 nursing home residents.

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What State Had the Most Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths?

The state with the highest coronavirus nursing home fatality rate was Massachusetts with 124 deaths for every 1,000 nursing home residents. The state of Massachusetts was also found to have one of the highest rates of coronavirus infection in nursing homes, with 337.4 cases per 1,000 residents.

New Jersey nursing homes found themselves a close second for their high rate of coronavirus deaths, 122.6 per 1,000 residents. New Jersey was also found to have the highest rate of nursing home COVID-19 cases by state in the country, with 359.2 people testing positive for every 1,000 nursing home residents.

Which State Had the Least Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths?

The state with the lowest rate of nursing home deaths due to the coronavirus was Alaska, where zero nursing home residents have died from COVID-19 complications. Alaska was also found to have the lowest number of cases diagnosed in nursing homes, with just four reported throughout the state.

U.S. States Ranked by Their Coronavirus Nursing Home Fatality Rate per 1,000 Nursing Home Residents

  1. Massachusetts: 124.0
  2. New Jersey: 122.6
  3. Connecticut: 102.5
  4. Rhode Island: 102.0
  5. Louisiana: 66.8
  6. Pennsylvania: 60.9
  7. Delaware: 57.5
  8. Maryland: 55.9
  9. Illinois: 52.6
  10. New York: 48.5
  11. Michigan: 47.2
  12. Indiana: 46.7
  13. Arizona: 42.6
  14. Mississippi: 42.4
  15. New Hampsire: 40.2
  16. Georgia: 39.6
  17. Alabama: 36.9
  18. South Carolina: 34.9
  19. California: 33.8
  20. Florida: 30.1
  21. Colorado: 29.8
  22. New Mexico: 29.3
  23. Viriginia: 27.1
  24. Washington: 27.0
  25. Nevada: 25.9
  26. Ohio: 25.2
  27. Texas: 25.0
  28. Kentucky: 23.5
  29. North Carolina: 22.7
  30. Minnesota: 20.1
  31. Iowa: 19.1
  32. Nebraska: 16.9
  33. Arkansas: 15.7
  34. Idaho: 15.3
  35. Utah: 14.6
  36. Montana: 13.8
  37. Vermont: 11.3
  38. Oklahoma: 10.8
  39. Kansas: 10.1
  40. Wisconsin:10.1
  41. Tennessee: 7.3
  42. Maine: 7.2
  43. West Virginia: 5.9
  44. North Dakota: 5.6
  45. South Dakota: 4.7
  46. Oregon: 2.9
  47. Montana: 1.5
  48. Wyoming: 1.5
  49. Hawaii: 0.3
  50. Alaska: 0.0

Should Nursing Homes Be Granted Immunity During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

When the coronavirus pandemic began, many nursing homes sought immunity from being held liable in lawsuits stemming from a lack of protections put in place for their vulnerable residents. This lack of protections could lead to an increase in neglect and abuse as well as a higher chance of contracting the coronavirus.

Nearly 20 states granted immunity to their nursing homes and hospitals when the pandemic began. However, New York nursing homes are no longer entirely immune to lawsuits, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo later signed a law stating that they can again be held liable for the care provided to patients not being treated for the coronavirus.

If you recognize signs of abuse in a loved one who has been living in a nursing home or assisted living facility during the pandemic, reach out to learn more about what you can do to help them.