In the span of less than four months, Covid-19 has killed around one in every 40 nursing home residents in the United States—some 32,000 people as of May 31, according to federal data. More than 600 nursing facility staff members have also died from the disease.
Today, many nursing homes across the country remain on lockdown, and the devastation, experts and advocates say, underscores longstanding issues with a system that, even in normal times, struggles with understaffing, poor infection control, and neglect. Now, the Covid-19 pandemic has energized calls for a more drastic solution: closing nursing facilities altogether.
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