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UPDATE: Two of the Worst COVID-19 Outbreaks at Ohio Elder Care Facilities are in Parma

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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Two elder care facilities in Parma are among the most serious hot spots for the spread of coronavirus in the state of Ohio, according to data released Wednesday night by the Ohio Department of Health. 

The ManorCare Health Services facility on Sprague Road has 36 confirmed cases among residents and staff. (Update: Ohio's data, when first released, transposed the numbers in the ManorCare cases. We reported that ManorCare had 63 confirmed cases, which would have been the second-highest number in the state. The actual number is 36.) ParmaCare Center on Broadview Road has 39 confirmed cases, the fourth-most in the state.

Cuyahoga County's 163 confirmed cases is by far the most in Ohio. Other than the two Parma locations, the Stone Gardens Assisted Living Facility and the West Park Neurology and Rehabilitation Center both have more than 20 confirmed cases as well.

The state released no data other than the total number of confirmed cases, but deaths will continue to rise. (The ManorCare in Parma was recognized more than two weeks ago as a COVID-19 "cluster." A ManorCare spokesperson, who was eager to correct the state's reporting on the total number of cases, told Scene that they did not have information on the total number of deaths there.)

In a horrifying story published in the New York Times, an anonymous tip brought police to a long-term care facility in New Jersey, where 17 bodies were found, a fraction of the 68 deaths due to COVID-19 there.

Nursing homes, in New York and across the country, are particularly susceptible to the spread of COVID-19. That's not only because of the aging and frail resident population, but because of a lack of personal protective equipment and staff shortages.

In Summit County, nearly half of the confirmed deaths are now attributed to a single retirement community. 

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