According to a New York Times story, one-third of national deaths from COVID-19 were residents of long-term facilities.
The statistic is far more extreme in Maricopa County, where nearly 70% of the 248 coronavirus-related deaths were residents of long-term facilities.
At Glencroft Center for Modern Aging in Glendale, 38 residents and 31 employees tested positive for COVID-19 and seven residents died of complications from the disease, according to Millie Oakeson, vice president of corporate marketing for the facility.
“Glencroft has 1,600 people working and living on its campus. The seven deaths have come from Providence Place, a Medicare-certified skilled nursing facility at Glencroft,” Oakeson said.
She said none of the 600 residents in Glencroft’s independent living residences have tested positive.
“All of the residents who have died from the virus had chronic illnesses or a terminal disease which contributed to their passing,” Oakeson said.
According to Oakeson, “Glencroft has been able to test 532 residents and 329 employees. Test results indicate that 31 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and 15 employees have returned to work after being re-tested with negative results and using guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Infection. No workers were allowed to work with a temperature or showing signs of the virus.”
Several other long-term facilities in the Valley have had multiple residents dies of COVID-19.
According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, “Residents of long-term care facilities (including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities and hospice facilities) are at highest risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection because they live in a communal setting and tend to be older with chronic medical conditions.”
Of 1,018 COVID-19 cases among residents at 142 long-term facilities, 222 (22%) have been hospitalized and 175 (17%) have died.
Of the 222 residents of long-term facilities that have been hospitalized in the county, 79% have died.
And 90% of those who have died of COVID-19 in the county have been 65 or older, according to Maricopa County Department of Public Health data.
Of the remaining COVID-19 deaths, 8% have been in the 45-to-64 age range, with 2% 20 to 44.
Of the county deaths, 97% have been “high risk”—65 or older and/or had a chronic condition. Arizona Department of Health Services figures show 79% of Arizona’s COVID-19 deaths have been 65 or older.
Two employees of long-term facilities in have died of COVID-19, with 23 hospitalized, according to the Department of Public Health.