Quote from: JohnDB on September 01, 2020, 08:29:41 pmBut these people would have lived productive lives otherwise except for contracting this virus.I have no doubt that there are many people who would still be alive if they hadn't contracted the virus, but there are also many people who very likely would have died anyway.
Quote from: undefinedWell now, here are some interesting facts about COVID-19 deaths in PA.
As of this posting, there have been 6,973 deaths in PA according to the PA Dept. of Health. Of those, 4,777 were in long-term care facilities. That means there have been 2,196 COVID-19 deaths in PA that were not in long-term care facilities. 68.5% of all COVID-19 deaths in PA have been in long-term care facilities.
Also according to the PA Department of health, there were a total of 30,331 deaths at long-term care facilities during the reporting period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. That means in the year before the pandemic there were, on average, approximately 2,528 deaths per month at long-term care facilities.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported in PA on March 6. So roughly 4.5 months have passed since the known start of the infection in PA. During the same time frame in the year BEFORE the pandemic, 11,376 people, or roughly 2.5x as many more people, died in long-term care facilities alone in PA.
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