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A member of the Massachusetts National Guard after assisting nursing homes with coronavirus testing. Photo: Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

At least 5,670 people living in long-term care facilities have died from the coronavirus across the U.S., according to state health data reviewed by NBC News.

Why it matters: The CDC warns that older people and those with other health complications face a higher risk of dying from the virus, amplifying its effect within such facilities — where around 2.5 million Americans live.

  • At least 3,466 facilities in 39 states have so far reported coronavirus infections.
  • More than 2% of nursing home residents have died of the virus in New York, the state hit hardest by the virus.

The big picture: A New York Times analysis found that the 10 deadliest coronvirus clusters in the U.S. have all been in nursing homes, including at least 43 dead in the Life Care facility in Kirkland, Wash., which was one of the country's earliest outbreaks.

  • 68 deaths have been linked to the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Andover Township, N.J., per the NYT.
  • At least 46 residents at the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Richmond, Va., have died from the virus, per the NYT.
  • 13 patients in facilities in Long Beach, Calif., died from the virus, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Many nursing homes began stockpiling medical supplies and preparing for staff shortages and screening visitors at the start of the pandemic.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said last month that nursing homes should not allow any visitors.

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3 hours ago - World

Courage vs. coddling with China

Peng Shuai of China serves during the China Open in Beijing in 2017. Photo: Andy Wong/AP

The women's professional tennis tour suspended tournaments in China Wednesday out of concern for Peng Shuai, on the same day that a top business voice made excuses for Beijing.

Why it matters: Ahead of February's Winter Olympics in Beijing, some sports figures are taking on the regime — while Big Business shrinks from confrontation with the world's second-largest economy.

3 hours ago - Sports

What to know about the first MLB lockout since 1995

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Hope you enjoyed the recent flurry of free-agent activity, because it's likely the last non-lockout-related MLB news for a while.

Driving the news: The owners locked out the players after the collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight last night, leading to MLB's ninth work stoppage — and first since 1995.

Biden extends mask mandates for travelers into 2022

President Biden delivers remarks at the White House on Dec. 1. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

President Biden will announce new testing protocols for international travelers on Thursday and extend masking requirements through March as the U.S. prepares to fight the Omicron variant this winter, according to senior administration officials.

Driving the news: The U.S. will tighten pre-departure testing protocols starting early next week by requiring all inbound international travelers to take COVID-19 tests within one day of their departure rather than three.