This fall’s surge of coronavirus cases is causing heightened concern for Ohio’s nursing homes. State figures show more than 3,300 long-term care residents infected with the coronavirus have died since April. That accounts for about 60% of the state’s total COVID-19 deaths.
Wayside Farm Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peninsula is a 95-bed facility that cares for people with mental illness and behavioral issues. The facility went seven months without a COVID-19 case. And then an outbreak began Oct. 5. They had 80 cases and six deaths. Administrator Matthew Pool said community spread of the virus makes it very difficult to keep out of their facilities.