Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Releases Names Of Nursing Homes' Coronavirus Numbers

By Kathy Ritchie, Ben Giles
Published: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 4:31pm
Updated: Monday, February 22, 2021 - 1:18pm

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have released the names of nursing homes that provided information about their coronavirus status. It turns out, some facilities reported zero cases, while others had dozens.

CMS posted the facility names, the number of confirmed cases, suspected cases and deaths to their website. Users can also type in the facility name to obtain the information. Only Arizona’s Medicare-and-Medicaid certified nursing homes were required to provide the information, leaving out the state’s more than 2,000 assisted living facilities.

Some facilities missed the preliminary deadline and have since complied, bringing the total number of residents with confirmed COVID-19 to 371 and 129 deaths. Nationally, more than 95,500 residents have been infected with the virus and more than 31,000 have died from COVID-19.

CMS released the data almost a week after a judge ruled that state health officials do not have to publicly reveal the number of coronavirus cases and deaths among residents living in long-term care facilities.

This new data comes a week after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury acknowledged that Arizona has robust public records laws and that the information sought by multiple media outlets is undoubtedly newsworthy.

But the judge ruled that the governor’s declaration of a “enhanced surveillance advisory” trumps the public’s right to know.

The Ducey administration has withheld data on nursing home residents who’ve contracted the virus, arguing it’d be damaging to those businesses.

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