Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for seniors account for 59% of Onondaga County’s total Covid-19 death toll, according to data the state released for the first time over the weekend.
The new data shows nursing home resident deaths account for 52 percent of Onondaga County’s 626 Covid-19 deaths. Before the state released that data, a Syracuse.com investigation estimated that total deaths of nursing home residents were 50% higher than reported by the state and that they accounted for about 60% of all local deaths. Shortly after that story was published, the state Attorney General’s office issued a report that said the state underreported nursing home deaths by 50%.
The new data for the first time gives a breakdown of Covid-19 deaths among residents of Onondaga County assisted living facilities and adult care homes. These facilities provide non-medical services to adults unable to live independently. The data shows 40 residents of these facilities in Onondaga County died of Covid-19 as of Feb. 6. Those deaths combined with nursing home resident deaths total 367, or 59% of the county’s 626 Covid-19 fatalities.
Author(s): James T. Mulder
Publication Date: 8 February 2021
Publication Site: syracuse.com