On Thursday, federal data revealed at least 129 residents have died due to the coronavirus while in care in Arizona nursing homes.
The data, released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, detailed COVID-19 case and death totals from approximately 140 nursing homes across Arizona.
Eighty-five of the deaths came from metro Phoenix nursing homes, which include a report of 14 from Westchester Senior Living in Tempe and 14 from Providence Place at Glencroft Center for Modern Aging in Glendale. Glencroft voluntarily reports its COVID-19 data public with a dashboard updated daily.
The data only accounts for nursing homes beginning on May 8, which is when Medicare and Medicaid funded facilities were required to report COVID-19 cases to all residents, their families and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The data also does not include COVID-19 case and death totals from assisted-living facilities and other senior living centers in the state.
As a result, the number of coronavirus deaths among senior communities is likely much higher as a result.
Citing privacy concerns, the state of Arizona has yet to release information about which long-term care facilities have seen coronavirus cases. The state won a lawsuit filed by local media outlets over the issue.
Nationally, the federal report showed more than 95,000 COVID-19 cases and almost 32,000 deaths were in the care of nursing homes.
Arizona had reported 24,332 coronavirus cases and 1,012 deaths as of Friday morning.