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Most Lucas County nursing homes with COVID-19 cases have history of poor health inspections

Lucas County is 2nd in the state in coronavirus nursing home deaths, as of May 21. In data released by Ohio on May 20, the county listed 121 deaths since April 15.

Brian Dugger

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On March 1, 2019, a resident at Lakes of Monclova came down with the stomach flu.

By March 18, the virus had spread to 23 residents and 15 staff members.

The facility reported the viral outbreak to the health department on March 19, weeks after it was required to do so.

The failure was part of citations noted in a state inspection that month. The facility has had 16 citations in the last three years, roughly twice the state average. 

The viral outbreak was just a precursor to the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the Maumee facility this year.

Lakes of Monclova has reported that 107 staff and residents have tested positive, 34 have died. The owners of the facility did not return a request for comment.

LAKES OF MONCLOVA INSPECTION REPORT

The facility is not alone in issues with infection control, food handling, abuse allegations, training citations and other inspection issues. Many local nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks have a history of poor health inspections, a WTOL investigation has found.

Lucas County is second in the state in nursing home deaths, as of May 21. In numbers released by the state on May 20, the county listed 121 deaths since April 15. A separate records request revealed that 11 more people died in nursing homes prior to April 15.

As of May 20, the state says that 1,247 people have died from COVID-19 in nursing homes, 70 percent of the state's death tally.

Lucas County has become one of the epicenters of the pandemic in Ohio.