The number of COVID-19 deaths reported among Maryland nursing home residents continues to rise, but at a slowing rate, with about 140 of them killed by the coronavirus over the past week, according to data the state posted Wednesday.
The 1,123 deaths represent a 14% increase over figures the state reported a week earlier.
Elder care facilities account for a slightly smaller share of the state’s coronavirus deaths than they did at that time last week, but still more than half of the total, at 57% of about 2,000 casualties. The number of facility staff members killed is unchanged, at 12 people.
About one in five Marylanders who the coronavirus is confirmed to have infected is a nursing home worker or resident, consistent with data the state has reported in recent weeks.
It was not clear if the figures reported Wednesday — the state reports overall statistics on cases and deaths daily, but releases data specific to nursing homes weekly — reflects an effort to test all staff and residents of nursing homes, however. State health officials said they are distributing more than 20,000 tests per week to the state’s nursing home facilities, and that they expect to reach all 227 of them by the end of next week.
But they did not respond to questions about whether results of those tests have started to come in, and whether they are yet reflected in the publicly reported data.