22% of Indiana’s COVID-19 nursing home deaths weren’t being counted in state’s data 

The updated reporting numbers, which started July 22, show that 356 coronavirus-related deaths and 789 positive cases in centers including assisted living home and assisted living neighborhoods were previously unreported by the state. Because April 8, nursing houses have been required to notify Indianas state health department of case and death counts within 24 hours of detection, however state officials have actually formerly declined to release the number of cases and deaths at specific assisted living home, many of which are government-owned, according to the report..

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Indiana state officials began launching center level data on July 22, which, at the time, revealed more than 100 previously uncounted retirement home deaths. Household and Social Services Administration CMO Dan Rusyniak, MD, said the difference in overall is due to improvements in information reporting such as better directions and more time for centers to identify historical cases..

When inquired about the undercount, an Indiana State Department of Health spokesperson informed IndyStar that the previous data went back to early April, which is when the states health commissioner bought all long-lasting care facilities to start reporting cases and deaths. The new information, nevertheless, consists of deaths and cases beginning back to March 1..

” All of the cases sent should be confirmed and cross-checked against information from our labs and Vital Records Division, so all long-lasting care information published on the new web page needs to be considered preliminary,” the representative said..

In July, the state said it would stroll back its policy and begin launching the assisted living home information, however “questions had been raised about the quality of the states aggregate long-term care counts, which it started releasing in May,” the publication reports. CMS released federal data in May that indicated Indiana might have been undercounting long-term care deaths by 200..

Jackie Drees –
Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

About 22 percent of COVID-19 deaths at nursing houses in Indiana were not represented in the states datasets up until the reporting system was modified this month, according to a July 28 IndyStar report..

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