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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nursing Home Residents Make Up 40% Of Connecticut Coronavirus Deaths

Tony Dejak

Nursing home deaths account for 40% of coronavirus-related fatalities in Connecticut.

This is the first time that the state has released numbers for deaths and COVID-19 positive cases on a facility-by-facility basis.

Officials said the numbers are not a definite total as fatalities and how the state calculates the number of deaths changes daily.

As of Thursday, 375 residents of nursing homes in Connecticut have died from the coronavirus, while the death toll statewide nears 1,000.

The state Department of Social Security will provide $35 million in funds over the next three months to cover the costs of worker salaries, personal protection equipment and the cleanup of long-term care facilities impacted by coronavirus.

The state Department of Public Health also plans to establish COVID-19 recovery facilities for long-term care residents who have recovered from the virus but still require care after they leave the hospital.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.
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