Less than 1% of America’s population lives in long-term care facilities, but as of February 11, 2021, this tiny fraction of the country accounts for nearly two in five COVID-19 deaths. Over the past year, as COVID-19 outbreaks erupted at long-term-care facilities across the nation, state health departments reported the data in fragmented and unstandardized pieces—if they reported it at all. In May 2020, The COVID Tracking Project began gathering COVID-19 data from nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and other long-term-care facilities from every state that provided it, to build our Long-Term-Care COVID Tracker into the most comprehensive collection of long-term-care-facility information available.
Have something to tell us about a facility or see data that is inaccurate? We would love to hear from you.
The data in our Long-Term-Care COVID Tracker comes directly from state websites or via email from state public health agencies. We make the data formatting consistent so we can compare numbers across states. Then we match all nursing home facility names to their corresponding federal IDs. Because we manually match these federal IDs and naming conventions sometimes change, there may be some discrepancies. Additionally, some assisted-living facilities and other long-term-care facility locations and names presented here may not match up with physical facility locations and names.
This map visualizes every long-term-care facility in the United States that has reported a COVID-19 case or death during the pandemic. When a state reports data for current outbreak (yellow) rather than cumulative data (purple), we show the outbreak data. In the cases view, bubble size corresponds to the total number of COVID-19 cases in a facility as reported by the state. In the deaths view, bubble size corresponds to the total number of COVID-19 deaths in a facility as reported by the state. The data is updated every Friday.
The data presented for each facility on the map includes:
Long-term-care Facilities: Nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other long-term-care facilities
Cases: Lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases
Deaths: Confirmed and suspected COVID-19 deaths. Total COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities as defined by the state. In some states, this may be deaths among confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, and in other states it may be deaths with COVID-19 listed on the death certificate. Death data may combine staff and resident death totals.
Cumulative: COVID-19 total data within the time frame of the date of reporting and the reported collection starting date. States vary in their reported cumulative data start date.
Current Outbreak: When the first COVID-19 case (or cases) is identified in a facility. This outbreak is considered closed once a specified time period, defined by the state (28 days, 14 days, etc.), has passed without the discovery of a new case.