COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes top 3,000
Other indicators head in positive direction
THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes topped 3,000 on Sunday, even as other indicators suggested the spread of the disease is slowing.
COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes increased by 79 to 3,001, while deaths at hospitals and other facilities increased by 60 to 1,978. Nursing home deaths due to COVID-19 account for 60 percent of all 4,979 COVID-19 deaths in the state. The total death toll should surpass 5,000 tomorrow.The grim news on the death front came as most other COVID-19 indicators were promising. The number of new COVID-19 cases fell to 1,050, or just under 9 percent of those tested. Both the number and the percentage have been falling in fits and starts since April 23.
The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients fell by just one to 3,128 while the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units fell by four to 810. Both have showed a steady decline in recent weeks.