Maybe because we haven't had the sort of hospital crisis New York did, it's a bit easier to not realize just how bad Covid-19 really is in Massachusetts. But the state Department of Public Health reported today that we have now had 3,153 residents die from the virus - compared to 1,809 in California, a state with five times our population.
Today's stats show that Massachusetts has 1,005 patients on ventilators - the sickest of the sick - compared to 1,181 in California.
Part of that might be because of the state of our nursing homes. At a press briefing yesterday, Baker said that many Massachusetts nursing homes were older facilities grandfathered from regulations regarding such things as how many residents can be in a room, making explosive growth in Covid-19 cases easier among the state's most vulnerable population - people above retirement age with serious underlying health conditions.
Yesterday, Baker said 56% of the state's Covid-19 deaths were among residents in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, making Massachusetts a hotspot for such deaths. Today's figures show the percentage is closer to 63%.
But are there other factors at work?