The number of deaths involving COVID-19 in care home residents has continued to fall since mid-April.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The ONS has looked into deaths involving COVID-19 in the care sector in England and Wales occurring up to 12 June 2020 and registered up to 20 June 2020 by age, sex and region.

Main findings are:

  • Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there were 66,112 deaths of care home residents (wherever the death occurred);
  • 29.3% of all deaths of care home residents involved COVID-19
  • Since mid-April 2020, we have seen a slowdown in both the total number of deaths and deaths involving COVID-19 in care home residents.
  • Of deaths involving COVID-19 among care home residents, 74.9% occurred within a care home and 24.8% occurred within a hospital.
  • From 2 March 2020, of all deaths in hospital involving COVID-19, 15.5% could be accounted for by care home residents.
  • COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in male care home residents, accounting for 33.5% of all deaths, and the second leading cause of death in female care home residents, after Dementia and Alzheimer disease, accounting for 26.6% of all deaths.
  • Dementia and Alzheimer disease was the most common main pre-existing condition found among deaths involving COVID-19 and was involved in 49.5% of all deaths of care home residents involving COVID-19.
  • The Care Quality Commission collects information on recipients of domiciliary care in England and between 10 April and 19 June 2020, there were 6,523 deaths of recipients of domiciliary care; this was 3,628 deaths higher than the three-year average (2,895 deaths).

You can read the full report here.