Ohio Nursing Homes Report 276 Deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state has now added deaths from COVID-19 in nursing homes to its coronavirus tracking website – confirming that nearly 300 people have died of the disease in those facilities.

276 deaths are reported in nursing homes in 29 counties.

Pete Van Runkle with the Ohio Health Care Association, which represents long term care facilities, had said two weeks ago that residents and staff at nursing homes had died of COVID-19, though the state wasn’t confirming that.

Van Runkle said it was not pressure from his group but was the governor’s call to break down the list of deaths now posted by county.

“If the decision had been to report it by facility, it would have been reported by facility and we wouldn’t have complained about that,” Van Runkle said.

Van Runkle said operators of long term care facilities want mass testing, as was done in three Ohio prisons. As many as three quarters of inmates at one prison were found to have COVID-19, and many had no symptoms.