The coronavirus has taken a disproportionately brutal toll on older Americans. The COVID Tracking Project states as of March 4, 2021, of the total 510,383 people who died due to COVID-19 in the US, 174,474 deaths or 34% occurred at long-term care facilities. Nursing homes constitute a large subset of eldercare housing.

The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) reported last year occupancy in nursing homes dropped more than 12%. At the end of 2019, nursing home occupancy was 84.1%. It fell to 71.7% by the end of December 2020.

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