Pennsylvania Elder Care Crisis: Average Age COVID-19 Death Is 80, over 2/3 Deaths from Nursing Homes

MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY 20 May 2020 Breitbart.news

My cmnt: So out of 13,000,000 people we have 5,000 deaths. That is a statistical blip. And for that, even if it was spread evenly across the population (which it is not) we close down and ruin an entire state.

The elder care crisis in Pennsylvania was highlighted this week when data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health showed the average age of those who have died of COVID-19 in the state is 80 years old and that more than two-thirds of the 4,505 who died of the virus as of Tuesday morning were residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported:

Deaths in nursing homes and assisted living facilities currently account for more than 68% of all the coronavirus-related fatalities in the state, with 3,086 long-term care residents dead as of Tuesday. Until Tuesday, the state had only released information by county, which showed the highest number of deaths occurring at unnamed homes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware Counties.

Additional evidence that COVID-19 is taking a devastating toll on the elderly in Pennsylvania is provided by an analysis of the age of death data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Sunday, which shows, as seen in Table 1 below, that the average age of COVID-19 deaths in the state is 80 years old, five years older than the national average of 75.

Table 1

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Deaths

Age GroupAve AgeDeathsTotal Years
0-4200
5-9700
10-141200
15-191700
20-242200
25-292700
30-34327224
35-39375185
40-444221882
45-4947452,115
50-5452834,316
55-59571468,322
60-646225115,562
65-696735423,718
70-747244431,968
75-797751239,424
80-848263852,316
85-898780069,600
90-949276870,656
95-999734133,077
100-104102646,528
105-1091076642
Total4,485359,535
(Age not classified for 8 of 4,493 deaths)
Average age of death calculation:
Total Years/Total Deaths =80.16

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