Nursing home death toll climbs past 7,000 in US

The coronavirus outbreak has taken a large toll on nursing homes across the country with nearly 25 percent of COVID-19 related deaths in New York.
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We're going to turn now to how the outbreak is taking a toll on nursing homes all across the country, the death toll climbing past 7,000 in the United States, making up nearly 25% of covid-19 deaths in new York state. Families and officials are demanding answers. Stephanie Ramos has the latest. Reporter: The numbers are stunning. In nursing homes alone, 7,300 people have died from the coronavirus. The total believed to be much higher when the numbers from states that have not been keeping track are tallied. Nursing homes are still our number one concern. The nursing home is the optimum feeding ground for this virus. Reporter: In some facilities, dozens have died. 55 people at the cobble hill health center in Brooklyn, at least 45 at the king's harbor multi-care center in the bronx and at New Jersey's andover subacute nursing home and rehab center where an investigation is now under way, at least 68 people have died since January. Dozens from the virus, including two nurses. It's more than huge. It is the most awful thing. It's now hit a crescendo in nursing homes in our most vulnerable citizens in this country. Reporter: Families panicked. Berne alee's mother is being treated in queens where at least six have died from covid-19. Even when they said she had pneumonia I asked if she was going to be tested. They said no. We're not testing anybody. Your mom doesn't have enough symptoms. Reporter: Care givers getting sick and staff at a breaking point. No one could ever possibly be used to what we're going through now. There is no place that is safe from covid at this point in time. Reporter: The centers for medicare and medicaid administrator just announced new transparency measures requiring nursing homes to tell their residents, their families and the CDC if they have any positive cases of covid-19 at their facilities. Yeah, it's just such a heartbreaking situation. Stephanie, thank you.

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