According to an analysis by The Guardian and Kaiser Health News, nearly 3,000 U.S. healthcare workers have died due to Covid-19 so far, considerably more than the 928 deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention up to December 17. The research provides an overview of the states that have lost the most healthcare workers with New York, the early epicenter of the pandemic, the worst impacted with 431 deaths recorded.
The findings are part of Lost on the Frontline, a nine-month data and investigative project by KHN and the Guardian to track every healthcare worker who dies as a result of the pandemic.
Summary of key findings:
- More than half were younger than 60
- Two in three deceased health care workers identified as people of color
- Many of the cases involved concerns over inadequate PPE
- More than a third of the health care workers who died were born outside the United States
- Nurses and support staff account for most deaths
- Nearly 700 worked in New York and New Jersey
- The majority of the deaths were early in the pandemic
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