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Assisted Living Deaths Saw a 17% Increase in 2020 Due to Covid-19

Researchers from Brown University and the University of North Carolina recently released data showing a 17% increase in nursing home deaths nationwide in 2020. The study’s findings published in mid-June suggested that the reason for the significant increase in nursing home deaths was the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The findings come after years of criticism of the nursing home industry and its push to avoid minimum care standards due to the “social model” of the industry. Yet despite this argument, nursing homes continue to admit residents with increasingly serious clinical and medical needs. Many nursing home abuse lawyers argue that the pandemic has brought to light issues that have plagued the industry for years. The recent study from Brown and the University of North Carolina suggests nursing homes must take extra precautions and implement new safety protocols to keep their residents safe. 

Results From Brown and University of North Carolina’s Study

The researchers from Brown and the University of North Carolina examined data from 425,000 nursing home residents living in licensed facilities across 49 states. In addition, they looked at data from the 10 states with the highest rate of Covid cases. Their research found that in the top 10 states with the most covid cases, nursing home resident deaths increased 24% from 2019 to 2020. Researchers noted that even these numbers could be an underestimate given the fact that the study ended before Covid-19 case surges that occurred later in the year. Additional data analysis from the study suggested that the Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on nationwide nursing home resident mortality in all states, not just the ten with the most cases. 

Although nursing home deaths were elevated throughout 2020, the availability of Covid vaccines in early 2021 has led to a significant decrease in the mortality rates in nursing homes nationwide. As nursing home residents continue to get vaccinated, it’s suspected the mortality rate will significantly drop. 

Call an Expert Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in New York City

During the Covid-19 pandemic, it was essential for nursing homes to implement essential safety precautions to protect both their residents and employees from COVID exposure. While many nursing homes were able to meet the challenge by following the guidelines and protocols put out by health organizations, others have neglected the health and safety of their vulnerable populations. If you suspect a loved one has suffered neglect during the coronavirus pandemic, the attorneys at Dalli & Marino are here to help.

Our seasoned New York trial attorneys have been aggressively advocating for victims of nursing abuse since 1996. We are committed to cultivating strong relationships with our clients through trusted, reliable communication. Our team of skilled attorneys approaches each case on an individual basis and is dedicated to helping you recover the money you deserve to compensate you for your experience. Call (888) 465-8790 or complete our contact form today for a free consultation.


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