The Hamilton County Health Dept. on April 29 released the number of COVID-19 deaths reported at long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, which shows that at least 38 people have died in long-term care facilities in the county.
Deaths reported as of April 27 are:
Statewide, 260 residents of long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19 as of April 30, and nearly 1,500 residents have tested positive. The disease is especially dangerous in nursing homes because it is usually more severe in the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
State officials have declined to release the number of deaths and reported cases at individual nursing homes. Hamilton County Health Dept. Administrator Barry McNulty explained why the county decided to make the information public.
“The reasoning for releasing the information was that through a series of media requests, the information was being released in segments. A person could review our public index of death report which listed a person’s name, age and date of death. With a little work, a list could independently be compiled through the requests of individual death records,” McNulty said. “We felt like this information, while not necessarily being empowering to the community, was still becoming public. A decision was made that complete information was better than incomplete information.”