State website containing list of nursing homes with positive COVID-19 cases taken down

Ohio

A website listing the names of nursing facilities in the state with confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases was taken down over the weekend

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A website listing the names of nursing facilities in the state with confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases was taken down over the weekend.

The website is run by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

The Ohio Healthcare Association (OHCA) notified ODH last week that some facilities named on the list may have been reported in error.

OHCA reported that as soon as the website went online, they immediately began hearing from members about erroneous information on the list.

The association immediately requested that ODH take down the list until all information was verified.

Other issues with the list are no distinction between staff cases and resident cases, cases that have resolved not removed (although there is a disclaimer about this at the top of the page), no distinction between a SNF and a RCF in the same building, and in at least one example, a contractor who was not a resident or staff member included. We will continue to work to cleanse the list.

Ohio Healthcare Association

A representative of Liberty Health Care reached out to WKBN, reporting that their facility was on the initial site in error.

Melanie Amato, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Health, said the website was taken down to “verify some inaccuracies” and that website will be back up on Wednesday.

OHCA is asking for state health officials to adjust their process for listing facilities by allowing providers to review the data before it is posted. The request includes:

  • Establish a process for providers to review the numbers before they are posted
  • Specify standards for local health departments to report data to ODH
  • Separate reporting of cases for residents and staff
  • Remove resolved cases from the public list or report them separately

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