Extra testing at nursing homes could lead to spike in Youngstown’s COVID-19 numbers

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Every employee and resident at Omni Manor was tested recently, and Park Vista was given 50 test kits this week

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Local health officials admit that there will likely be a spike in the numbers of COVID-19 cases soon after some extra testing is done at two nursing homes.

The Youngstown City Health Department has been working with Omni Manor and Park Vista after noticing outbreaks of the coronavirus.

Omni Manor had 62 total cases among residents and 26 cases among staff members, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Park Vista had nine total resident cases and 10 staff cases since April 15, according to the state health department.

Every employee and resident at Omni Manor was tested recently, and Park Vista was given 50 test kits this week.

Health officials warn that the extra testing is bound to mean a jump in positive cases once those results are known.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 76 deaths at local nursing homes due to coronavirus. The department also listed all of the cases reported this week in local long-term care facilities.

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