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A week by week look at COVID-19 in Maryland's nursing homes

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 10:47:47-05

BALTIMORE — Outbreaks of COVID-19 in Maryland nursing homes and assisted livings have accounted for nearly two thirds of the state's deaths attributed to the virus.

Governor Larry Hogan has previously ordered all nursing homes in the state to conduct universal testing and provide the results to the Maryland Department of Health.

The Health Department began updating their dashboard on COVID-19 cases in what's called congregate living facilities in Maryland. These are nursing homes, assisted living facilities, state and local facilities, and group homes with 10 or more occupants that have confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

RELATED: Hogan orders universal testing of all nursing home residents, staff

From June 3 on however, the initial number of confirmed cases and deaths significantly decreased inexplicably.

So we decided to take a look at how those numbers have decreased each week since June 3.

Below you will see the latest weekly numbers by most recent date.

Week of December 2, 2020

16,676 total cases including 1,831deaths

7,087 confirmed staff cases including 25 deaths

9,589 confirmed resident cases including 1,806 deaths

Week of November 25, 2020

15,120 total cases including 1,647 deaths

6,338 confirmed staff cases including 25 deaths

8,782 confirmed resident cases including 1,622 deaths

Week of November 18, 2020

12,053 total cases including 1,353 deaths

5,046 confirmed staff cases including 26 deaths

7,007 confirmed resident cases including 1,337 deaths

Week of November 11, 2020

8,398 total cases including 977 deaths

3,548 confirmed staff cases including 14 deaths

4,850 confirmed resident cases including 963 deaths

Week of November 4, 2020

7,991 total cases including 1,003 deaths

3,386 confirmed staff cases including 13 deaths

4,605 confirmed resident cases including 990 deaths

Week of October 28, 2020

7,180 total cases including 948 deaths

2,965 confirmed staff cases including 13 deaths

4,215 confirmed resident cases including 935 deaths

Week of October 14, 2020

6,084 total cases including 783 deaths

2,535 confirmed staff cases including 9 deaths

3,549 confirmed resident cases including 774 deaths

Week of October 7, 2020

5,413 total cases including 685 deaths

2,164 confirmed staff cases including 7 deaths

3,249 confirmed resident cases including 677 deaths

Week of September 30, 2020

5,464 total cases including 687 deaths

2,172 confirmed staff cases including 7 deaths

3,292 confirmed resident cases including 680 deaths

Week of September 23, 2020

6,317 total cases including 760 deaths

2,614 confirmed staff cases including 7 deaths

3,703 confirmed resident cases including 753 deaths

Week of September 16, 2020

6,950 total cases including 872 deaths

2,824 confirmed staff cases including 12 deaths

4,126 confirmed resident cases including 860 deaths

Week of September 9, 2020

6,826 total cases including 858 deaths

2,750 confirmed staff cases including 14 deaths

4,076 confirmed resident cases including 844 deaths

Week of September 2, 2020

7,303 total cases including 945 deaths

2,767 confirmed staff cases including 13 deaths

4,536 confirmed resident cases including 932 deaths

Week of August 26, 2020

7,202 total cases including 940 deaths

2,790 confirmed staff cases including 15 deaths

4,412 confirmed resident cases including 925 deaths

Week of August 19, 2020

7,027 total cases including 865 deaths

2,717 confirmed staff cases including 12 deaths

4,310 confirmed resident cases including 853 deaths

Week of August 12, 2020

7,904 total cases including 1,001 deaths

2,999 confirmed staff cases including 12 deaths

4,905 confirmed resident cases including 989 deaths

Week of August 5, 2020

8,462 total cases including 1,138 deaths

3,208 confirmed staff cases including 14 deaths

5,254 confirmed resident cases including 1,124 deaths

Week of July 29, 2020

8,869 total cases including 1,248 deaths

3,267 confirmed staff cases including 17 deaths

5,602 confirmed resident cases including 1,231 deaths

Week of July 22, 2020

7,714 total cases including 1,090 deaths

2,790 confirmed staff cases including 16 deaths

4,924 confirmed resident cases including 1,074 deaths

Week of July 15, 2020

5,946 total cases including 914 deaths

2,039 confirmed staff cases including 15 deaths

3,907 confirmed resident cases including 897 deaths

Week of July 8, 2020

5,270 total cases including 801 deaths

1,820 confirmed staff cases including 15 deaths

3,450 confirmed resident cases including 786 deaths

Week of July 1, 2020

5,744 total cases including 882 deaths

1,961 confirmed staff cases including 16 deaths

3,783 confirmed resident cases including 866 deaths

Week of June 24, 2020

6,804 total cases including 1,058 deaths

2,258 confirmed staff cases including 21 deaths

4,546 confirmed resident cases including 1,037 deaths

Week of June 17, 2020

8,468 total cases including 1,300 deaths

2,836 staff cases including 21 deaths

5,632 resident cases including 1,279 deaths

Week of June 10, 2020

9,650 total cases including 1,359 deaths

3,244 staff cases including 17 deaths

6,406 resident cases including 1,342 deaths

Week of June 3, 2020

9,937 total cases including 1,386 deaths.

3,240 staff cases including 18 deaths

6,697 resident cases including 1,368 deaths

When asked for clarification on the drastic drop in numbers, Department of Health spokesman, Charles Gischlar offered the following statement.

"The Maryland COVID-19 in Congregate Living Facility dataset was created to provide point-in-time information about the presence of COVID-19 among Maryland's congregate living facilities. Over the last six weeks, the list has consistently shown both where COVID-19 is present and has provided historical context about the presence of COVID-19 among the facilities listed."

"The dataset is in part the product of facility reporting requirements, which were directed by Gov. Hogan and implemented by Sec. Neall. These reporting requirements were imposed to provide more timely communication with both MDH and the public about COVID-19 developments within nursing homes. The dataset is also informed by reporting from local health departments, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Department of Juvenile Services — all of which maintain a constant flow of COVID-19 case and death data that is collated by MDH and published to the dashboard weekly."

"All point-in-time numbers are captured as part of the daily statewide cumulative numbers for COVID-19 cases and deaths."

*Cases and deaths counted below reflect total numbers ever reported to MDH, but don't break them down between staff and residents.

Week of December 2

20,539 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,373 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of November 25

19,426 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,284 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of November 18

18,203 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,237 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of November 11

17,191 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,221 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of November 4

16,679 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,187 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of October 28

16,412 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,172 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of October 21

16,195 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,166 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of October 14

16,040 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,163 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of October 7

15,874 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,160 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of September 30

15,798 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,155 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of September 23

15,615 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,146 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of September 16

15,546 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,145 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of September 9

15,405 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,140 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of September 2

15,137 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,130 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of August 26

14,932 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,115 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of August 19

14,742 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,091 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of August 12

14,549 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,070 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of August 5

14,215 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,046 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of July 29

13,858 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,033 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of July 22

13,515 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
2,001 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of July 15

13,167 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
1,978 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Week of July 8

12,934 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.
1,961 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

Week of July 1

12,658 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.
1,920 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

Week of June 24

12,462 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.
1,880 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

Week of June 17

12,168 Total Cases for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.
1,830 Total Deaths for Nursing Homes, Group Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

It's unclear how the state is coming up with their week-by-week totals which significantly differ from the overall totals directly above.