Nursing Homes

Jo Ingles

Many Ohioans have security cameras inside their homes but Ohio law prohibits residents who live in assisted living or long-term care nursing facilities from having them. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports a bill has been proposed to change that.

Although many Ohio nursing homes and assisted living facilities remain closed to most visits, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is encouraging families to make "compassionate care" visits to loved ones when possible. 


More than half of the COVID deaths in Ohio have been in nursing homes. The nursing home death toll jumped by nearly 1,300 in the last week, as the Ohio Department of Health added in 4,000 unaccounted-for deaths to the state’s running total. And many workers in nursing homes and long term care facilities who were moved to the front of the vaccine line are still rejecting their place in it. 

Karen Kasler

4,856 Ohioans in nursing homes and long term care facilities have died of COVID-19, well over half of the state’s overall death total.

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Ohio’s nursing home residents and workers are among the first in the state to be offered the new COVID-19 vaccines.

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The first COVID-19 vaccines for residents and staff at nursing homes and long-term care facilities are being shot into arms around Ohio today.

Ohio will begin vaccinating nursing home residents and staff today , getting a jump on the rest of the nation thanks to a federal program.  

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Families of nursing home residents are being urged to refrain from taking their loved one home for a holiday celebration, due to the potential spread of COVID-19. 

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Three residents of the Pataskala Oaks Care Center have died after an outbreak of COVID-19. 

Nursing homes have been overwhelmed by the coronavirus. Residents account for more than a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths nationwide. The industry says that facilities have also been overwhelmed by costs, and they're asking for billions in aid from the federal government.

But recent studies suggest that for-profit ownership may have endangered residents by skimping on care, while funneling cash to owners and investors.

State health officials Thursday reported 991 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 new deaths. 

Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the state will allow indoor visiting at nursing homes as cold weather approaches after stopping the practice at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulate nursing facilities, are lifting the ban on visitors, effective immediately. CMS imposed the restriction in March in an effort to control outbreaks of the coronavirus.

The state is pausing a widespread COVID-19 testing program at assisted living facilities due to what Goveror Mike DeWine calls "inconsistent results" with the baseline saliva kits.

Ohio Department of Health surveyors have determined procedural failures likely contributed to a COVID-19 outbreak at Newark Care and Rehabilitation nursing home. 

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The state has entered into an agreement with a company to provide COVID-19 testing for every assisted living facility in Ohio.

The state is proceeding with plans to reopen senior and adult day care  centers.  

In some nursing homes, 100% of the residents are positive for the coronavirus. That's by design. These facilities have volunteered to devote part or all of their buildings exclusively to treating COVID-19 patients, who bring in more government money. But to make room for them, the original residents can be forced out of the places they've called home.

A nursing home in Newark is reporting 91 cases of COVID-19 among its residents and staff.

Ohio health officials Sunday reported 11-hundred new cases of COVID-19 and 42 more deaths.

Ohio Department of Health officials say nearly 70 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the state have come from nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. 

Residents and staff of long-term care facilities account for at least 40% of U.S. deaths from the coronavirus. In reaction, nursing homes have banned family visitors, scrambled for scarce personal safety equipment, and attracted scrutiny from state and federal lawmakers.

What's received less attention is that many nursing homes have remained virtually COVID-19-free. If researchers could figure out what made the difference, that could help protect nursing home residents now and in the future.

But so far, their studies have drawn wildly different conclusions.

Across the United States, nursing homes trying to protect their residents from the coronavirus eagerly await boxes of masks, eyewear and gowns promised by the federal government. But all too often the packages deliver disappointment — if they arrive at all.

Some contain flimsy surgical masks or cloth face coverings that are explicitly not intended for medical use. Others are missing items or have far less than the full week's worth of protective equipment the government promised to send. Instead of proper medical gowns, many packages hold large blue plastic ponchos.

Newly released data from the U.S. government show that nearly 26,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19 and more than 60,000 have fallen ill. These figures, however, don't account for all nursing homes across the country.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, about 80% of nursing homes nationwide reported data to the CDC as is now required. The remaining 20% could face fines if they don't comply.

Karen Kasler

Residents at long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, make up more than three-quarters of the deaths related to COVID-19 in Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine says he is now ramping up efforts to combat this problem with a new strategy.

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More than three quarters of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Ohio have come from nursing homes.

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Flags are at half staff at state buildings in Columbus and across Muskingum County in honor of Columbus-native Annie Glenn, who died this morning at a nursing home in Minnesota of COVID-19 related causes.  She was 100.

Ohio now has more than 24 thousand COVID-19 cases and more than 1,340 deaths. 

The state has now added COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes to its coronavirus tracking website – confirming nearly 300 people have died in those facilities.


UPDATE: The state is now listing 836 cases of COVID-19 at 107 nursing homes in 31 counties.

Nine percent of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio are in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living communities – and some residents and staff are among the dead. The state says it will shed light on more information about that, but some data will stay hidden.