According to an analysis by the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, which house 0.62 percent of the US population, are the site of 43 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the US. Reflecting on this high mortality rate, many experts are critiquing orders from states including New Jersey, New York, and Michigan that mandate nursing homes accept patients with active COVID-19 infections who have been discharged from hospitals. Florida, however, banned hospitals from discharging COVID-infected patients into long-term care facilities, a decision experts say other states should follow. Experts are also raising concerns around nursing home design and capacity. This week, advocates in Minnesota raised the alarm that the institutional design of many nursing homes, including shared rooms and bathrooms, creates densely populated facilities that expedite the coronavirus’s spread. Minnesota reports the highest shares of COVID-19 deaths in such facilities, with residents of assisted living homes accounting for 81 percent of state deaths from the coronavirus. “We accepted these arrangements as a society, and now our elders are paying the ultimate price,” said Eilon Caspi, a gerontologist and adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing.