YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County and state well being departments have decided the state web site that experiences the variety of COVID-19 circumstances at nursing properties had an misguided itemizing for the Woodlands Heart for Rehab in Poland for seven weeks in January and February.
The Ohio Division of Well being itemizing on the web erroneously mentioned the nursing residence had three present virus circumstances amongst sufferers all through January and February. The ability had none throughout that interval. In truth, it has solely had one affected person case since final April 15.
The ODH eliminated the misguided itemizing Friday morning, leaving up one stating that the ability has had one affected person case since April 15 and 4 workers circumstances since April 15. Not one of the workers circumstances have been in January or February.
The correction was made after Ryan Tekac, Mahoning County well being commissioner, seemed into the matter Thursday on the request of The Vindicator and found that the ODH web site was itemizing the ability twice beneath two related — however totally different — names.
The “Woodlands Heart for Rehabilitation” itemizing was incorrect as a result of the ability had not had a brand new case of the virus since Dec. 21, Tekac mentioned. He contacted the ODH to let it know.
The right itemizing referred to as the ability the “Heart for Rehab at Hampton Woods” nursing residence.
Sally Demidovich, company administrator for the ability, contacted The Vindicator final week to report that for the reason that starting of the 12 months, the itemizing for the ability had indicated incorrectly it had three present affected person circumstances. She mentioned Friday she didn’t notice there have been two listings.
“Now, most of our residents have been vaccinated, so that you’re probably not going to see many circumstances come up optimistic sooner or later with residents. They bought vaccinated in December,” she mentioned.
Demidovich mentioned she understands that there are typically lags within the reporting of information, however infections fell to such low numbers two weeks in the past that Woodlands was the one facility nonetheless listed as having three or extra mixed circumstances within the three counties.
“When the article says that the entire circumstances are dropping locally, however Woodlands Heart for Rehabiliation has three, it makes us look unhealthy,” she mentioned.
“We received’t get residents in the event that they see (within the newspaper or on the web site) we have now affected person circumstances in our facility,” Demidovich mentioned.
Demidovich is administrator over multiple facility and mailings for the Poland facility routinely arrive with varied names on them. The identify the ODH is utilizing now could be the company identify Heart for Rehabilitation at Hampton Woods. The opposite identify is the one the corporate sometimes makes use of, Woodlands Heart for Rehab, she mentioned.
The ability primarily works with Mahoning County Public Well being to report virus circumstances, Demidovich mentioned.
The Vindicator wrote a number of emails to Alicia Shoults, spokeperson for the ODH, final week and spoke with a Mahoning County well being official by phone making an attempt to confirm that the itemizing was incorrect.
The official on the native well being division mentioned the company offered the knowledge from the nursing residence appropriately to the ODH, and the ODH mentioned it had appropriately reported the knowledge from the native well being division on its web site.
Tekac lastly solved the puzzle when his workers found the double itemizing.
“Our (epidemiologist) seemed into the query you had concerning the knowledge discrepancy on the ODH web site for the Heart for Rehab at Hampton Woods,” he mentioned in an electronic mail Thursday, including “the ability has not had a case reported since Dec. 21.”
Shoults with the ODH workplace of public affairs then confirmed to The Vindicator that it might be correcting the itemizing Friday morning.
“The native well being division has reached out to ODH concerning this facility, and we’re working with them to verify the proper identify. As soon as we have now the affirmation from the native well being division, we are going to work to replace the dashboard,” she said.
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