Long-term care COVID-19 deaths top 7,000

The number of Florida long-term care residents and staff members who have died of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic topped 7,000 on Sunday, while the state saw an overall jump of more than 10,000 cases of the infectious disease.

The 7,002 reported long-term care deaths — the vast majority involving residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities — was a grim reminder of the toll that COVID-19 has taken on seniors and people with underlying health conditions. About 40% of the COVID-19 deaths in Florida during the pandemic have been linked to long-term care facilities, according to state data.

Florida also reported an overall increase of 10,105 COVID-19 cases Sunday, as it and other states face a wave of infections. During the week-long period that ended Sunday, Florida added 41,304 cases and 397 deaths of residents, bringing the overall death toll of residents to 17,518.

The spike in cases also has been reflected in hospitalizations. As of mid-afternoon Sunday, the state reported 3,118 people hospitalized because of “primary” diagnoses of COVID-19. That was up from 2,777 a week earlier and 2,117 a month earlier, according to numbers compiled daily by The News Service of Florida from the

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