DATA: About 71% of COVID-19 deaths in Maricopa County tied to long-term care facilities

Here's what COVID-19 looks like in long-term care facilities. (Community Impact staff)
Here's what COVID-19 looks like in long-term care facilities. (Community Impact staff)

Here's what COVID-19 looks like in long-term care facilities. (Community Impact staff)

On May 14, the Maricopa County reported 286 known deaths from COVID-19, and of those 286 deaths, 203 are tied to long-term care facilities throughout the county, according to data from Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Maricopa County deaths make up 45.83% of the total number of state COVID-19 deaths, which, as of May 14, was 624.


There are 1,071 cases of COVID-19 among residents of long-term care facilities—which include skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and hospice facilities—and 496 cases among staff, according to the county. The cases are tied to 142 facilities in the county, though the county will not identify the facilities that have confirmed cases or have reported virus-related deaths.

Of the 1,071 cases at long-term care facilities, 234 have been hospitalized; for staff, that hospitalization number is at 25. Two staff members have died of the virus, according to the county.


Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for disease control at Maricopa County Department of Public Health, said long-term care facilities are actively working with public health officials.

"We've had incredible cooperation with them," Sunenshine said, "and that's why it's so important to maintain that trust between the facilities and public health, so that we can provide as much protection for the most vulnerable residents that we can."

The Arizona Department of Health Services is now releasing data on "congregate facilities"—like long-term care facilities, assisted liviing facilities and day cares. Statewide, Maricopa and Pima counties have the highest number of cases reported at congregate facilities, according to state data.

Assisted living and long-term care facilities make up the majority of COVID-19 cases in congregate facilities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.


The week of April 12 marked the most cases reported in the congregate, or shared-space, facilities.



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