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88 Percent of Connecticut Coronavirus Deaths Last Week Were Nursing Home Patients

May 8, 2020

In Connecticut, the threat coronavirus poses is mostly in nursing homes.

About 88 percent of coronavirus deaths reported in the state last week were nursing home patients, according to The Hartford Courant. In all, there were 545 deaths, 481 of which were nursing home patients. The other 64 deaths came from people living outside of nursing homes.

The number of hospitalizations in the state of Connecticut for coronavirus has decreased for eight straight days, according to the Hartford Courant.

When the state eventually open back up, nursing homes will still be a point of concern.

“While nursing home cases are somewhat isolated, we still need to remain vigilant to ensure health care workers in those facilities are not resulting in community spread and that strict visitation restrictions continue to limit the spread outside of nursing homes,” Dr. Summer McGee, dean of the University of New Haven’s School of Health Sciences,  told The Hartford Courant. “Nursing home residents are a large percentage of the deaths in Connecticut but they are not the only source of new cases. New case counts demonstrate that community spread is still taking place.”



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