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20 COVID-19 cases reported at Wooster nursing home; 5 deaths

Wayne County Health Department
Posted at 3:59 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 23:21:33-04

WOOSTER, Ohio — A cluster of COVID-19 cases and resulting deaths have been reported in a Wayne County nursing home, according to the Wayne County Health Department.

The WCHD said it received reports of both positive confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases at Glendora Health Care Center in the 1500 block of North Honeytown Road in Wooster.

A total of 20 cases and five deaths were reported, according to WCHD.

Of the 20 total reported cases, 10 were residents and 10 were staff members at the nursing home, WCHD said.

All five reported deaths were residents, according to WCHD.

71-year-old Robert Campbell was one of the residents who died, according to his son, who did not wish to be identified. He told News 5 he first noticed his father had a fever. He said his father's symptoms worsened so he took him to the hospital. There, he said his father tested positive for COVID-19.

"When we went to the ER they already said that he was so far gone from being kept in here and no treatment that he was probably not going to make it," Campbell's son said.

Campbell's son claims the staff at Glendora Nursing Home ignored those signs. News 5 has reached out to the nursing home for a statement, but have not yet heard back.

"I’m very upset because we tried repeatedly to get information out here about how he’s doing and they kept telling us that he was fine there was no reason to have him checked," he said. "He fought for over a week and he passed away."

Now, Campbell's family is hoping other families don't go through what they're going through.

"To watch your father die right there in front of your eyes is not something that you want to live through," Campbell's son said. "I hope to God that they can get somebody in here to contain this and save the rest of these residents in here."

The health department said it has been working with the nursing home to identify individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and quarantine those who are at risk.

“This is an extremely unfortunate situation and certainly our sympathies are with the deceased family and friends. We will continue to work with the nursing home and work on preventing any further cases and deaths,” Wayne County Health Commissioner Nicholas Cascarelli said in a press release. “Nursing homes are hot spots for this potentially deadly disease.”

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