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.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

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.

Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to begin reopening the state’s economy on or before May 18 as long as the trend lines continue in the right direction. His administration is also preparing to release data on how nursing homes are complying with a checklist of infection control efforts this week.