Forbes says Alaska refuses to report nursing home-COVID deaths; but there's just one little problem - Must Read Alaska
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Forbes says Alaska refuses to report nursing home-COVID deaths; but there’s just one little problem

According to Forbes, a venerable business publication, Alaska is hiding its nursing home deaths that are due to COVID-19, the deadly coronavirus that seems to have a special vengeance for the elderly and infirm.

Forbes said “the eleven states that thus far have refused to report COVID nursing home deaths—Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, and Vermont—need to start reporting their death tolls in long-term care facilities. The federal government has instituted such a requirement for nursing home deaths occurring after May 5, but as Ohio teaches us, it is also important to get the data from the previous several months.

Only it’s not true.

Alaska isn’t reporting its nursing home deaths because none of the 10 who died from conditions related to COVID-19 were nursing home residents. MRAK contacted the State of Alaska and was told that the mistake may have resulted in a misunderstanding and they are reaching out to the publication for a correction.

The story, by columnist and medical analyst Avik Roy, points out that a majority of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States are in nursing or retirement homes.

[Read: The Most Important COVID-19 Statistic: 43% Of U.S. Deaths Are From 0.6% Of The Population]

“Americans are vigorously debating the merits of continuing to lock down the U.S. economy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A single statistic may hold the key to resolving this debate: the astounding share of deaths occurring in nursing homes and assisted living facilities,” Roy writes in Forbes.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Zero to report is a great number..!!

  • The Truth does not fit the narrative, and that’s why they report falsely. Maybe it could be our governor never forced long-term care facilities to take COVID patients, unlike NY

  • I have been sending every one of your posts to friends on “the outside”.They tell me they really appreciate the updates of what is really going on because the National media won’t tell the truth. Keep us informed!

    • This is so true. This humble publication leads the way on so many stories, and shames the nationals routinely when a story is bigger than, but happens to take place in, Alaska. Local media is literally not even worth mentioning. Admittedly I like the perspective, but objectively this is the best journalism being done in our stare, by far.

  • When I clicked on the link, the story had been edited. The list of states that have “refused” to report nursing home deaths is down to 6 and Alaska is shown as 0 such deaths and 0% from such deaths.

  • Forbes corrected the story.

  • Failure to report zero. Factually correct but misleading.

  • Speaking of truth in reporting, Alaska has only had 8 in state deaths related to Covid. I’ve noticed that virtually all media has taken to reporting, incorrectly so, that out of state deaths are Alaskan deaths when the CDC does not record deaths as such.

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