Published On: Sun, Sep 12th, 2021

More Than 16,000 Early Nursing Home COVID-19 Deaths Likely Uncounted: Study

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A delayed start in required reporting caused as many as 16,623 deaths from the CCP virus in nursing homes to be omitted from the official count, according to a Harvard University study. The federal government didn’t require nursing homes to report COVID-19 cases and deaths until May 24, 2020, more than three months after the first nursing home outbreak at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington. During the first reporting period, facilities were also given the option of whether to report retrospective data. The Life Care Center of Kirkland, for example, didn’t report any COVID-19 cases or deaths in its first submission to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even though a CDC investigation a month earlier linked 81 cases and 23 deaths to the facility. The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, is the pathogen that causes COVID-19. While it’s still unknown …

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