New report shows cases, deaths inside Oklahoma nursing homes still increasing

New report shows cases, deaths inside Oklahoma nursing homes still increasing
A man leaves after being tested with a PCR COVID-19 test in a nursing home of Ammerschwihr, eastern France, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The aid group Doctors Without Borders has issued an appeal Wednesday Nov. 11, 2020, for medics, psychologists and other volunteers to work in Paris region nursing homes, where they say more people with the coronavirus have died so far in November than reported in the previous five months combined. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias) (Jean-Francois Badias)

Okla. — A new report from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living says COVID-19 cases and deaths inside nursing homes are skyrocketing.

It says it’s happening in conjunction with the surge in the rest of the U.S. because of the community spread.

It also says 41 percent of all new COVID-19 cases nationwide are inside nursing homes.

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Oklahoma numbers mirror that.

Friday’s State Department of Health epidemiology report showed an increase in cases by 3.8 percent from last week, and an increase in deaths by 3.9 percent.

In Oklahoma, 535 residents in nursing homes or long term care facilities have died.

That’s 36 percent of all deaths statewide.