As of September 16, 2020, an estimated 1,718 health care workers in the United States have died of COVID-19 and related complications, according to a report by National Nurses United (NNU). This figure, which NNU officials believe to be a conservative estimate, was determined using a complication of media reports, social media, obituaries, union memorials, federal and state reporting, and NNU internal reporting. More than 61% of these health care worker fatalities come from only seven states: New York, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Illinois.

NNU officials say they have had to compile these data themselves because there is no standard reporting requirement. Only 15 states provide health care worker infection numbers on a weekly basis.

Since May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have required long-term-care facilities to provide COVID-19-related health care worker infection and...

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