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COVID-19 deaths associated with Florida long-term care facilities drastically increase

Report shows 221 more deaths
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Posted at 4:03 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 18:07:01-04

FLORIDA — The state began releasing a weekly list of COVID-19 deaths associated with long-term care facilities last week, after receiving pressure from statewide media.

The list breaks down the number of deaths of residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

That list has grown substantially during the past week.

Last week, the state reported a total of 444 deaths at long-term care facilities, but today’s report shows the number of deaths at 665.

That’s an increase of 221 cases in the past week.

Multiple Tampa Bay area facilities have reported at least a dozen deaths, including Seminole Pavilion Rehabilitation & Nursing Services, Braden River Rehabilitation and Highlands Lakes Center.

Deaths associated with long-term care facilities now represent nearly 40% of Florida COVID-19 related deaths, even though only 145,000 people live in those facilities out of Florida’s population of 21 million.

Since last week the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among long-term care residents has also grown by about 400.

This is the link to COVID-19 deaths by facility: https://s33330.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/LTCF-Deaths-by-Facility-5-1-20.pdf

Here is a list of COVID-19 cases broken down by facility: https://s33330.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-LTC-Report_5-8-20-AM.pdf

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