State Data: Over 60 Deaths At Wilmington Nursing Homes

Christopher Huffaker

Wilmington, MA — At least 61 residents at two Wilmington senior care facilities have died of complications due to the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic, according to new figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Health.

The figures released Wednesday offer the first look at how severely coronavirus has affected senior care homes across the state. Of the over 6,000 coronavirus deaths in the state so far during the pandemic, just over 4,000 are connected to a nursing home.

In Wilmington, CareOne has been hardest hit with 31 deaths. AdviniaCare accounts for 30.

The state data is self-reported by facilities, and includes deaths in any resident who is confirmed positive for the virus or suspected to have the virus.

CareOne was found to be "in adherence" in the first round of Massachusetts Department of Public Health inspections, issued May 15. Wilmington Rehab Center also passed its inspection, while the state did not report an inspection for AdviniaCare.

See the total deaths and inspection results for Wilmington nursing homes below. The state's case figures are up-to-date as of Tuesday, while inspections are as of May 15. The state also only released death data on homes where more than two people had died.

Facility Beds Cases Deaths In adherence? Inspection points
AdviniaCare at Wilmington 142 >30 30 n/a n/a
CareOne at Wilmington 132 >30 31 Yes 27
Wilmington Rehab Center n/a n/a n/a Yes 28

Statewide, 12 nursing homes scored under the 20-point threshold needed to be deemed "in adherence", while 119 scored 20 points but failed in one of the six core standards, meaning they were also found to be in noncompliance.

The remaining 228 nursing homes scored 20 points or higher and met the six core standards.

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The inspections were the first in the COVID-19 Nursing Facility Accountability and Support Program announced by Gov. Charlie Baker on April 27. The audits, which are funded by $130 million the Baker administration allocated to slow the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes, will be conducted every two weeks.

Read the complete nursing home inspection report.

Christopher Huffaker can be reached at 412-265-8353 or chris.huffaker@patch.com.

This article originally appeared on the Wilmington Patch