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Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are given antipsychotic drugs each week, even though most have no psychosis to justify it. But since the beginning of the Trump administration, nursing homes have rarely paid a price for even the most serious misuse of the drugs.

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wants the United States to commit $775 billion to expand access for and lower the cost of caregiving.

The proposal, which Biden outlined in a speech Tuesday afternoon, would emphasize tax credits and state funding subsidies to make child care more affordable and accessible, and make prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds universal.

For the second day in a row, Oklahoma health officials reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases.

225 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Saturday, bringing the total positive cases in the state to 8,073. No additional deaths were reported, as the state's total remains at 359.

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday the state has tested every nursing home and long-term care facility with a positive case of the coronavirus.

Newly released data from the U.S. government show that nearly 26,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19 and more than 60,000 have fallen ill. These figures, however, don't account for all nursing homes across the country.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, about 80% of nursing homes nationwide reported data to the CDC as is now required. The remaining 20% could face fines if they don't comply.

Nursing homes were not on our minds much before the COVID-19 pandemic. Then their residents began dying by the thousands.

While there are no definitive figures, nursing home residents and staff appear to account for about one-third of the roughly 90,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S., according to The New York Times. Those figures may be low because some states do not report such figures and the CDC is just beginning to collect them.

Coronavirus fatalities in long-term care facilities have surpassed a grim threshold in much of the country, accounting for at least a third of the deaths in 26 states and more than half in 14 of those.

The data, which was published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, reports tallies from a variety of care facilities, including nursing homes, adult care residences, and other skilled nursing care settings. However, it does not break out those categories separately.

Residents are recovering at the first nursing home to see an outbreak of COVID-19 in the state. More than 40 people at Grace Skilled Nursing and Therapy in Norman have recovered.

Ten people died since the outbreak began in March, with the disease infecting a total of 72 residents and ten employees.

The total number of COVID-19 deaths associated with state nursing homes and long-term care facilities stands at 111 so far in the state.


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One of the deadliest outbreaks of the coronavirus has been at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, a state-run nursing home for veterans in Western Massachusetts. At least 71 veterans have died from the virus, while another 80 veterans and 81 employees have tested positive.

The COVID-19 death toll in Oklahoma nursing homes and long-term care facilities has topped one hundred.

The most deaths come from the Bartlesville Health and Rehabilitation Community with 15 and the Grove Nursing Center with 13.

The state is seeing success in procedures to control the spread of the coronavirus in senior centers, as most of the 600 such facilities in Oklahoma are reporting no cases of COVID-19.

The Health Department reports 630 residents and 292 staff have been infected with a total of 102 deaths.