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COVID deaths in long-term care facilities continues to grow

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The number of deaths in Connecticut’s long-term care facilities continues to grow. As of June 17, there were 2,719 confirmed and probable COVID deaths in nursing homes. A week earlier, as of June 10, there were 2,648 deaths, according to data released Friday.

At assisted living facilities, there were 361 confirmed and probable COVID deaths as of June 17. On June 9, there were 349.

In a joint statement, representatives of the state’s nursing home and assisted living industry, noted the governor’s weekly report does not include the number of residents who have recovered from COVID-19, which they said indicate the nursing home sector is recovering from the pandemic.

“Through the exemplary work of nursing home employees, the nursing homes are now emerging from the targeted impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote Mag Morelli, President of LeadingAge Connecticut and Matt Barrett, President and CEO the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities/Connecticut Center for Assisted Living.

As of Friday, there have been 4,238 total COVID-associated deaths, an increase of 12 since Thursday.

Meanwhile, overall positive cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in Connecticut, albeit at a much slower rate than the height of the pandemic. As of Friday, there have been 45,557 confirmed cases in the state, an increase of 117 since Thursday. Hospitalizations continue to decline. The number dropped by four people to 172 on Friday. Fairfield County, with 66 people, had the largest number of patients being treated for COVID-19.


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