Area nursing homes see COVID-19 cases grow

By Sam Shriver -

LIMA — The number of COVID-19 cases at area nursing homes and assisted living facilities has increased over the previous week.

New data was released from the Ohio Department of Health Wednesday afternoon that showed positive cases at facilities in Putnam, Allen and Auglaize counties.

• In Putnam County, the biggest outbreak is at The Meadows of Leipsic. The nursing home reported 30 new cases among patients for an accumulated total of 41 cases. Among staff members, three new positive cases were reported for a total of seven staffers testing positive.

The Meadows of Leipsic Assisted Care Facility has two new cases among residents for a total of three cumulative resident cases. No staff members were affected yet.

Trilogy Health Services, the owners of The Meadows of Leipsic, posted on its website that if a resident becomes symptomatic they follow isolation precaution measures with closer monitoring in accordance with public health guidelines. They would also transfer any residents with severe symptoms to a higher level of care if appropriate.

They also stated that if an employee is showing symptoms of COVID-19, the workers is screened on arrival. Any employee who doesn’t pass the screening is asked to seek medical care and will not be allowed to enter the building.

Trilogy also stated that if there is an initial confirmed case for either an employee or resident they will notify the family within a couple of hours through their Family Call Program.

Putnam County has seen a total of six deaths at nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

• In Allen County, Mennonite Memorial Home reports a total of new 15 positive cases for a total of 17 cumulative cases. Four staff members were reported with positive tests.

“Each resident continues to be assessed for respiratory symptoms at least every shift,” said Jason Cox, director of marketing for the facility. “Any residents exhibiting any respiratory symptoms are immediately placed in droplet isolation, per health department and CDC guidelines.”

Cox also said they have set up a system to let families know about changes in their loved ones.

“We realized we needed a faster way to communicate with our residents, families and staff, so on April 17th, we implemented a new phone call messaging system to communicate organizational updates more quickly to residents, their families and our employees. Any resident status changes are communicated to families by phone,” Cox said.

CareCore at Lima reports 11 current cases and 14 cumulative cases. Six staff members were reported positive this week for a total of nine cases.

Single new cases were reported at Liberty Nursing Centers of Lima and Lima Manor Nursing Home.

One staffer at Lima Convalescent Home and one staff member at The Meadows of Delphos tested positive.

In Allen County, there have been 12 deaths in nursing homes or assisted living facilities due to COVID-19.

• In Auglaize County, Otterbein Cridersville has reported five new cases among residents and an additional six new cases for staff members.

Auglaize County also reported two deaths at nursing homes or assisted living facilities due to COVID-19.

By Sam Shriver

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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