Between May 1 and Aug. 31, the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) recorded a total of 114,411 deaths from the CCP virus, with 64.3 percent of these deaths occurring in an inpatient facility, which includes nursing homes.
The report comes as new research shows 78.2 percent of people who have died from the CCP virus were over 65.
Various states had policies that nursing homes couldn't refuse to admit patients regardless of their COVID-19 status.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo changed the advisory on May 10 with an executive order that required hospitals to be sure patients tested negative before discharging them to nursing homes, but continued the mandate against denying residents admission to nursing homes based on testing results.
However, the original March order still stands, and nursing homes are still mandated against denying residents admission to nursing homes based on testing results.
“These misguided policies deserve close scrutiny, and the leaders who put them in place have a lot of tough questions to answer.”
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) said that the actions of certain governors in issuing executive orders to not allow nursing homes to reject COVID-19 patients was irresponsible.
"As the rest of the nation practiced social distancing and exercised caution to slow the spread of the virus, certain governors forced untested or potentially contagious COVID-19 patients to be readmitted to nursing homes and long-term care facilities, endangering the lives of staff and an extremely vulnerable group of Americans," he said.