More than 43% of confirmed and “probable” deaths associated with COVID-19 were at nursing homes, according to state data released Friday. The reported number of positive cases doubled and deaths linked to COVID-19 more than tripled in Connecticut nursing homes in eight days.
It’s the second week in a row that the state has released nursing home-specific data about the number of positive cases and both confirmed and probable deaths. The definition of a probable death includes those determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to be related to COVID-19, but for whom a positive laboratory result is not available.
As of 8 a.m. April 14, the state reported a total of 1,713 positive cases and 375 deaths in 108 of the state’s 215 nursing homes, and as of 2 p.m. April 22, there were a total of 3,423 positive cases and 768 confirmed and “probable” deaths reported to public health officials.
There are now 135 of the state’s 215 nursing homes with one or more COVID-19-positive patients. And at least 105 homes had 10 more cases. Eleven nursing homes reported more than 50 infections:
— Abbott Terrace Health Center in Waterbury reported 114 cases and 22 confirmed and seven “probable” deaths associated with the virus.
— Litchfield Woods in Torrington reported 77 positive cases and six confirmed deaths and two “probable” deaths.
— Gardner Heights Health Care Center in Shelton reported 60 positive cases and 21 confirmed and two “probable deaths.”
— In Windsor, Kimberly Hall North, where it was reported earlier this week that 35 people in the home died from the virus, reported to the state that the number was 34 deaths and 36 positive cases.
— The Grimes Center in New Haven reported 58 cases and two deaths.
— Golden Hill Rehab Pavilion in Milford reported 86 positive cases and 11 confirmed and four probable deaths.
— Apple Rehab in Rocky Hill reported 56 positive cases and 10 confirmed or probable deaths.
— Trinity Hill Care Center in Hartford has 53 positive cases and four deaths.
— Riverside Health & Rehabilitation Center in East Hartford has 60 confirmed cases and 27 confirmed and probable deaths.
— Sheridan Woods Health Care Center in Bristol has 68 confirmed cases and 24 deaths.
— Branford Hills Health Care Center in Branford has 72 positive cases and five deaths.
The state’s complete nursing home list is here.
As of Friday there were 23,921 confirmed cases statewide and 1,764 deaths associated with COVID-19.
Earlier this week, Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order requiring all managed residential communities, including assisted-living facilities, and all nursing homes to provide daily status reports to the state. Those that fail to comply with mandatory reporting requirements in relation to COVID-19 cases could face a fine up to $5,000 for each violation.
None of those assisted living facilities are included in the numbers released Friday.