The number of deaths from COVID-19 of long-term facility residents in Maricopa County continues to rise —with Glencroft Center for Modern Aging in Glendale also having an increase in deaths.
According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, of 368 COVID-19 deaths, 263 (71%) were residents of long-term care facilities.
Of the total deaths, 88% have been 65 or older in the county. In the state, of the 804 who died of coronavirus, 632 (78%) were 65 or older.
Glencroft remains one of the few facilities in Arizona to provide its own statistics. Glencroft said it started the policy last week in the hope that other long-term facilities would follow.
On May 11, Glencroft had seven deaths from COVID-19.
The information was updated last week, and now 23 residents of Glencroft skilled and assisted living have died of COVID-19.
According to Glencroft’s website, none of its 575 independent-living residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
But 19 of 120 in assisted living tested positive, a 16% coronavirus rate.
And of the 144 skilled nursing residents, 78—more than half—tested positive for COVID-19.
Sixteen skilled living residents at Glencroft died of the disease. The facility says 29 in skilled nursing have recovered.
Forty-one residents of skilled nursing and assisted living at Glencroft currently have the coronavirus disease.
Glencroft has also had 56 employees test positive for COVID-19. Of them, 39 are listed as recovered, leaving 17 who still have COVID-19.
No Glencroft employees have died of coronavirus.
In the county, 189 long-term facilities have had COVID-19 cases. Of the 1,236 residents of those facilities who tested positive, 282 were hospitalized. The 263 deaths are 21% of the positive cases at Maricopa County long-term facilities. (At Glencroft, 24% of residents who tested positive for COVID-19 died.)
At a webinar last week, Maricopa County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine said the county was soliciting requests for proposals for contractors to test residents of long-term facilities for COVID-19.
“Individuals in long-term (facilities) are both the most vulnerable and experience the most serious consequences” of COVID-19, Sunenshine said.