Ohio adds 1,294 long-term care COVID-19 deaths

The Ohio Department of Health added 1,294 long-term care deaths to its COVID-19 dashboard this week. Including deaths the state says occurred before April 15, the number of COVID-19 deaths at Ohio long-term care facilities has grown to 7,245.

However, the new data suggests the proportion of the state’s COVID-19 deaths that occur in these facilities is shrinking.

Approximately 1,150 of the deaths added Wednesday occurred in October through December. These deaths were part of the more than 4,000 deaths ODH failed to report until last week because an employee tasked with reconciling real-time death data from physicians and death certificates stopped matching these records at some point in October.

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