At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities accounted for a large share of COVID deaths, but a new KFF analysis finds that they were relatively rare events across the country in June.
The analysis finds that 13 states and the District of Columbia in June reported no COVID-19 deaths, or virtually no deaths compared to the state’s population, in long-term care facilities. Most other states reported average weekly deaths in long-term care facilities at or near their lowest levels since the pandemic began.
The analysis is based on data as of the week of June 27 from 42 states and the District of Columbia reporting long-term care cases and deaths consistently enough to allow trend analysis. It covers a period before the recent increase in cases and deaths nationally linked to the spread of the Delta variant.
Nationwide, states in June reported an average of 0.1 deaths among residents and long-term care staff per week per 100,000 residents, 96 percent less than the 1.6 deaths per week per 100,000 in December when it began. the country’s vaccination campaign. That’s a somewhat steeper decline in deaths than for the population outside of long-term care settings.
Cases in long-term care facilities nationwide averaged 0.5 per week per 100,000 residents in June, 97 percent less than their peak in December. The analysis looks at how quickly deaths and cases fell as the federal Pharmacy Association delivered nearly 8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and long-term care staff between December and April.