Data reveals at least 129 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona nursing homes

Jun 5, 2020, 5:55 AM | Updated: 8:05 am
(AP Photo/Chris Ehrmann)...
(AP Photo/Chris Ehrmann)
(AP Photo/Chris Ehrmann)

PHOENIX — At least 129 residents have died from the coronavirus in Arizona nursing homes, according to newly released federal data that identifies facilities with cases.

The data, released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, included COVID-19 case and deaths totals from about 140 nursing homes across the state.

COVID-19 statistics from other types of Arizona long-term care facilities remain scarce because the state won’t release them.

Eighty-five of the deaths in the federal report came from metro Phoenix nursing homes, including 14 from Westchester Senior Living in Tempe and 14 from Providence Place at Glencroft Center for Modern Aging in Glendale. Glencroft voluntarily makes its COVID-19 data public with a dashboard updated daily.

The data only accounted for nursing homes beginning on May 8, which is when facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding were required to report COVID-19 cases to all residents, their families and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Data from the report also didn’t include COVID-19 case totals and deaths from assisted-living facilities and other senior living centers.

The number of coronavirus deaths among senior communities is likely much higher as a result.

The state of Arizona has refused calls to release information about which long-term care facilities have seen coronavirus cases, citing privacy concerns, and won a lawsuit filed by local media outlets over the issue.

In Maricopa County, 312 of the 451 reported COVID-19 deaths as of Wednesday (69%) were attributed to long-term care facilities by the county health department.

Nationally, the federal report showed more than 95,000 COVID-19 cases and almost 32,000 deaths in nursing homes.

Arizona had reported 22,753 coronavirus cases and 996 deaths as of Thursday morning.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(City of Tempe Photo)...

Arizona cities exchange fireworks for other showy July Fourth displays

A few Arizona cities plan to light up the night sky without fireworks to celebrate Independence Day this year. 
23 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Phoenix police involved in shooting near 52nd Street and Thomas Road

Phoenix police were involved in a shooting with a suspect on Monday night, authorities said. 
23 hours ago
The Colorado River winds its way along the West Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Hualapai Indian Rese...
Associated Press

Grand Canyon starting water limitations after pumphouse outage

Grand Canyon National Park is starting water conservation measures on the North Rim due to an electrical failure involving the Roaring Springs pumphouse.
23 hours ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
Danny Shapiro

National Guard sets up barricade around Arizona Capitol following abortion ruling protests

The Arizona National Guard has set up razor-wire fencing around the Capitol complex in downtown Phoenix following protests over the weekend in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortions.
23 hours ago
Traffic stops as thousands of protesters march around the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court o...
Associated Press

Groups want court to block Arizona ‘personhood’ law in wake of Roe ruling

An emergency motion was filed seeking to block a 2021 Arizona “personhood” law that abortion rights supporters fear will be used to halt all abortions.
23 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo/Jeremy Schnell)...
Kevin Stone

Sinkhole almost swallows car after pipe breaks on Phoenix street

A motorist escaped uninjured after driving into a sinkhole that opened up after a pipe broke under a Phoenix street Sunday night.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Arizona Division of Problem Gambling

Arizona Division of Problem Gambling provides exclusion solution for young sports bettors

Sports betting in Arizona opened a new world to young adults, one where putting down money on games was as easy as sending a text message.
Data reveals at least 129 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona nursing homes