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Coronavirus In Ohio: 500 Nursing Home Residents Have Died In 3 Weeks

Mill Run Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living in Hilliard has seen several residents and staff test positive for COVID-19.
Ryan Hitchcock
Mill Run Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living in Hilliard.

The toll from the coronavirus inside Ohio's nursing homes continues to climb. The state's health department says close to 500 residents of long-term care centers have died in the past three weeks.

That’s nearly double the total reported for the previous two weeks.

The Ohio Department of Health says the increase in deaths could be attributed to a significant jump or a backlog of cases being added this past week.

Seven counties across the state have seen more than 30 deaths at long-term care centers since mid-April. Toledo and Lucas County reported the most, with 65 nursing home deaths. Franklin County has reported 46 nursing home deaths, the second highest total in Ohio.