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South Carolina Spikes

Published on May 27th, 2020

Nursing homes and residential care facilities across South Carolina account for hundreds of coronavirus cases and deaths. Of the 100,000 coronavirus deaths throughout the United States, fatalities at long-term care facilities account for about 40% of them. DHEC is tracking and monitoring nursing homes and residential care facilities dealing with COVID-19.

Carlyle Senior Care of Florence currently have 78 cases and six deaths, according to DHEC.

DHEC reported 16 cases at Commander Nursing Home in Florence and one person dead because of the virus.

Bethea Baptist Health Care Center in Darlington had 60 cases and one death.

New data from the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a nonprofit think tank, found that the share of deaths in nursing homes and assisted living facilities account for 43% of all COVID-19 deaths nationwide. The researchers stressed the importance of prioritizing long-term care for access to universal testing and personal protective equipment.

A separate analysis by ABC News found that nursing home fatalities now account for more than 50% of all coronavirus deaths in at least 18 states.

“Ten states have still not released figures for infections and deaths in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities. But even limiting the count to the 40 states that have provided figures, as well as Washington, D.C., more than 182,500 nursing home residents and staff members at this point have reportedly contracted COVID-19. That’s more than 14% of the nation’s total nursing care population,” the analysis stated.

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