As Florida reopens, the deaths quietly keep piling up in nursing homes

Over the most recent week, elders living in long-term care facilities accounted for seven in 10 Florida deaths resulting from the coronavirus, as the pandemic increasingly became a scourge of the old and frail.

Though the cumulative overall number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 doubled in May, coronavirus deaths at nursing homes and assisted living facilities tripled. As of Monday, 1,236 people at long-term care facilities in Florida had died from COVID-19.

These deaths in Florida reflect the mortality in nursing homes across the country. The Washington Post has reported that nearly 26,000 nursing home residents have died from the virus thus far.