While the state health department publishes new deaths each day, those reports are not necessarily from the previous day. This chart uses day-of-death data, reported by the health department after COVID-19 death investigations, to show the date that each death happened, both in long-term care settings and the general population.
Though long-term care residents never drove overall new case growth, they did comprise most COVID deaths in the state until July, when they accounted for just one-third of all deaths. As of mid-August, long-term care residents account for 43% of all deaths. Late-May, the state completed universal long-term care facility testing of every resident and staff, accounting for nearly 27,000 tests, which correlated with reduced long-term care cases across the state over the following months.
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