Analysis: Minnesota has highest percent of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities in the nation

About 81.7 percent of Minnesota’s COVID-19 deaths were in nursing homes and residential care communities, the highest percentage state in the nation that reports such data.

(The Center Square) – About 81.7 percent of Minnesota’s COVID-19 deaths were in nursing homes and residential care communities, the highest percentage state in the nation that reports such data.

That’s according to data from The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP), a Texas-based nonprofit think tank.

State data reports 537 deaths out of a total of 663 deaths took place in long-term care facilities (LTCF).

Minnesota’s nursing home and residential care community COVID-19 fatality rates are much higher than neighboring states that reported data.

Wisconsin reported 42.5 percent of COVID-19 deaths in those facilities, the analysis says, while Iowa reported 56 percent.