Almost half of Maryland’s COVID-19 deaths are in nursing homes, other congregate facilities

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Nearly half of Maryland’s confirmed deaths from COVID-19 involved nursing homes and other congregate living facilities, state data shows.

A total of 985 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 56 additional deaths since Tuesday. Of those deaths, 471 occurred in nursing homes and other facilities, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

There are also 93 Marylanders whose deaths are suspected to have been caused by coronavirus.

At least 20,849 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 90,080 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 736, an increase of about 3.7 percent.

Of the nearly 111,000 test results that the state has released, about 19 percent of tests were positive.

Included in the statewide total of positive tests are 4,369 confirmed cases involved nursing homes and other facilities, representing a fifth of all cases in Maryland.

Six facilities have more than 100 cases each: FutureCare Lochearn in West Baltimore (220 cases and 10 deaths), Sagepoint Nursing & Rehabilitiation in Prince Frederick (129 cases, 33 deaths), Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy (124 cases, 29 deaths), Ballgenger Creek Genesis Healthcare in Frederick (123 cases, 11 deaths), Ellicott City Healthcare Center in Ellicott City (117 cases, 9 deaths) and FutureCare Old Court in Randallstown (108 cases, 9 deaths).

Those six places comprise nearly 20 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland’s nursing homes and other congregate living complexes and more than 20 percent of deaths in those facilities.

The new nursing home section of the online dashboard does not differentiate between facility residents and staff in the total number of cases and deaths for facilities overall nor for specific locations.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday directed the Maryland Department of Health to release data regarding confirmed cases and deaths in nursing homes, and state officials began posting the data Tuesday night.

The addition to the Maryland’s online dashboard comes after the state health department denied multiple media organizations’ requests for data related to nursing homes, saying that the data “serves no public health purpose” and that it could possibly reveal the identities of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 4,402 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,645 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those currently hospitalized, 1,060 are in acute care and 585 are in intensive care.

There have been 1,361 people who isolated and were eventually released.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 5,738 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 4,152 in Montgomery County; 2,740 in Baltimore County; 2,014 in Baltimore City; 1,662 in Anne Arundel County; 893 in Frederick County; 831 in Howard County; 551 in Charles County; 421 in Carroll County; 371 in Harford County; 350 in Wicomico County; 197 in Washington County; 164 in Cecil County; 145 in St. Mary’s County; 142 in Calvert County; 116 in Allegany County; 73 in Kent County; 69 in Caroline County; 55 each in Worcester and Queen Anne’s counties; 51 in Dorchester County; 34 in Talbot County; 21 in Somerset County; four in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 256 have been people age 9 or younger; 539 have been people ages 10-19; 2,393 have been people ages 20-29; 3,511 have been people ages 30-39; 3,696 have been people ages 40-49; 3,792 have been people ages 50-59; 2,927 have been people ages 60-69; 2,035 have been people ages 70-79; and 1,700 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 11,130 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 9,719 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 7,615 have been black, 4,808 have been white, 3,473 have been Hispanic, 434 have been Asian, 747 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 3,772.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,013,168 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 58,368 deaths and 115,936 recoveries. More than 5.7 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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