Sumary of New Tally Adds 16,000 Nursing Home Residents Lost to COVID A new study suggests COVID-19 in U.S. nursing homes appears grossly underestimated because federal guidelines did not require nursing homes to report cases and deaths until May 24, 2020 — months after the pandemic began.:
- 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 in U.S. nursing homes appears to have been grossly underestimated.
- According to a new study, that’s because U.S. federal guidelines did not require nursing homes to report cases and deaths until May 24, 2020, months after the pandemic began.
- “Because of the delay in the federal reporting system for cases and deaths in nursing homes, there were roughly 68,000 unreported cases and 16,000 unreported deaths from COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic,” said lead researcher Karen Shen, an applied public and labor economist at Harvard University.
- “Accounting for underreporting changes the understanding of the toll on nursing homes across places and across facilities,” she added.
- For instance, using the reported figures without factoring in the delay implies similar numbers of nursing home residents died in New York (5,776) and California (5,622), or about 5 deaths for every 100 beds in both states, Shen said.