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The entrance to Continuing Health Care in Gahanna, where two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 tests, but no residents have.

‘Inconsistent Results’ Reported In Ohio’s Assisted Living COVID-19 Testing Program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is pausing a widespread COVID-19 testing program at assisted living facilities due to what Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) called “inconsistent results” with the baseline saliva kits. Ohio started conducting baseline saliva testing this week at assisted living facilities. DeWine said the testing will give the centers a… Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

West Virginia Allows Nursing Home Visits To Resume

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Nursing home visits are being allowed again in West Virginia as the state focuses on outbreaks of the coronavirus in individual county populations without clamping down on areas without them. But Gov. Jim Justice warns that the visits could end quickly in some places if further outbreaks occur within nursing homes… Read More

The entrance to Continuing Health Care in Gahanna, where two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 tests, but no residents have.

Ohio’s Nursing Homes Are Running Out Of Personal Protective Equipment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s nursing homes don’t have enough personal protective equipment to last another week. That’s the finding from a federal agency that deals with Medicare and Medicaid services. A spokesman for a union that represents health care workers in nursing homes says those facilities have been hit the hardest by… Read More

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Facing Loss Of Ohio National Guard Help, Nursing Homes Taking On Testing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Three quarters of Ohio’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths are from its nursing homes. Nationwide, more than 40% of coronavirus deaths are linked to long term care facilities. The nation’s nursing homes lobbying group has written to Ohio’s Mike DeWine and other governors, warning that without action now there will be more outbreaks, especially… Read More

An Ohio National Guard soldier watches a forklift move a load of personal protective equipment as part of a mission in April. This was one of several pandemic-related assignments the Guard has been deployed on since March.

DeWine Says Testing Will Continue At Nursing Homes Without National Guard Help

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Nearly three quarters of all confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Ohio have been in nursing homes. Ohio National Guard personnel have been helping with testing in long term care facilities, but the funding for them to continue that and other pandemic related missions runs out in a month. Guard personnel have been… Read More

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Nursing Home Residents Still Majority Of Ohio’s Coronavirus Deaths

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New data shows that coronavirus deaths in nursing homes continue to make up the vast majority of pandemic fatalities in Ohio. Wednesday marks at least the fifth week in a row that seven of every 10 COVID-19 deaths have involved long-term care residents, according to state records. Health Department statistics say… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio’s Long-Term Care Facilities Will Restart Visitation In June

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Gov. Mike DeWine is beginning to loosen restrictions on assisted living facilities and homes for the developmentally disabled. Starting June 8, residents at those two types of long-term care facilities can meet with visitors outdoors, the governor announced Thursday. “We now have now have gone on several months and we know that it’s… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio National Guard Deploys to Test Nursing Home, Congregate Care Staff and Residents for COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio National Guard will deploy across the state beginning this week to help expand COVID-19 testing at Ohio’s 960 nursing homes. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the effort during his regular coronavirus briefing. Guard members would work as part of more than a dozen so-called Congregate Care Unified Response teams… Read More

Two residents of a nursing home hold up cards they received from a community mail program

Smile Mail Shortens Social Distance for Seniors in Nursing Homes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) —  COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes accounts for 40% of all the COVID-19 related deaths in Ohio . Nationwide, COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes account for one-third of all U.S. deaths, according to data collected by the New York Times. Potential underlying health conditions of older populations, as well as living… Read More

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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… Read More

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Nursing Homes Group Wants Mass Testing in Long-Term Care Facilities

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Mass testing in three Ohio prisons has turned up 3,853 coronavirus cases among inmates and 379 prison workers, showing how fast the virus can spread in congregate settings. Now the state’s long term care providers are hoping for the same thing in more than a thousand nursing homes, assisted living… Read More

Treyton Oak Towers, a senior living facility in Louisville where at least nine residents have died from coronavirus.

Coronavirus Takes a Terrible Toll on Ohio Valley Nursing Homes

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — The coronavirus is taking a terrible toll on nursing homes in the Ohio Valley. Well over a thousand residents and staff at nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have tested positive for coronavirus, and dozens have died from COVID-19. Residents in these facilities are already… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters

DeWine Orders Ban on Visitors at Nursing Homes, State’s Psychiatric Hospitals

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Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered a ban on visitors at Ohio nursing homes and in the state’s psychiatric hospitals. DeWine says nursing homes requested the ban because of the vulnerability of elderly people and those with compromised immune systems to COVID-19. “No one knows the safety of their patients better than the nursing homes themselves,”… Read More