After the state began releasing case numbers from area nursing homes, 11 Investigates began looking for any common denominator in why certain facilities had cases and others did not.
According to the health department, Lucas County has 67 long-term care facilities, with about 6,000 staff and residents.
When we began collecting data at the end of April, 27 facilities were reporting cases. Of those, 20 had health inspection reports and ratings on medicare.gov. We first looked at Lakes of Monclova because of the high volume of cases.
But as other facilities were examined, something jumped out about the facilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services evaluates nursing homes with a number of categories, including health inspection reports. Five stars is the best. One star is the worst.
Almost all of the facilities had poor inspection records.
Of the 20 facilities, seven of them received one star for inspections, putting them in the bottom 20 percent of Ohio homes. Only one nursing home with COVID-19 cases, Concord Care Center, had an inspection rating above average. The 20 facilities had an average inspection score of 1.9 stars and had racked up 258 citations.
By comparison, the Ursuline Center has had nearly spotless inspection reports and has a five-star rating. There are no cases of COVID-19 in the facility.