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Long-Term Care Facilities Account For 2/3 Of COVID-19 Deaths In Neb, SD

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The warning that individuals over 65 with pre-existing health issues face the greatest threat from COVID-19 is being confirmed by statistics.

The Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services says about 2/3rds of coronavirus deaths in the state were residents of long-term care facilities. As of Friday, 48 of the state’s then 73 deaths were nursing home residents.

South Dakota offers some similar numbers with 13 a single senior living facility in Sioux Falls accounting for 13 of the state’s 21 COVID-19 deaths. The Sioux Falls Good Samaritan Society Village reports 97 positive confirmed cases – 59 residents and 38 staff.

Nationally, more than 11,000 nursing home deaths have been linked to COVID-19, evidence of the danger older people face from the virus, especially those dealing with other health conditions.