In five states — Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia and New Jersey — the virus has struck a majority of nursing homes, the data shows. In New Jersey, second only to New York in total number of confirmed coronavirus cases, health officials have reported infections at 80 percent of the state’s homes.Maryland released a list earlier this week of more than 130 nursing homes with cases, about 60 percent of homes in the state. Overall, Maryland reported 185 long-term care facilities with cases.Covid-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has been especially deadly for the elderly as it spreads across the world. State health officials have been slow to publicly identify nursing homes with positive cases, but in recent days, prodded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more states have released the names of facilities.The tally paints a grim picture of the scale of the outbreak in homes tasked with caring for the elderly and infirm. More than 2,700 ­Medicare-certified nursing homes had publicly reported cases as of Tuesday, The Post found.“People who work in nursing homes didn’t have the proper equipment and there wasn’t widespread testing,” said Laurie Facciarossa Brewer, the long-term care ombudsman in New Jersey. “Without

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