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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio saw the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in a single day since May, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday.

Nursing home entrance
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The state is pausing a widespread COVID-19 testing program at assisted living facilities due to what Gov. Mike DeWine called "inconsistent results" with the baseline saliva kits.

The state has entered into an agreement with a company to provide COVID-19 testing for every assisted living facility in the state. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says this marks an important step forward in stopping the spread of coronavirus in high-risk residential areas.

Gov. Mike DeWine at his daily coronavirus press conference on Sunday, March 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Ohio's nursing homes will be allowed to have outdoor visitors again, beginning July 20. It will be the first time in four months that many long-term care residents will be able to see family members in person.

Elderly person in a nursing home.
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As Gov. Mike DeWine loosens visitation rules at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where the coronavirus pandemic has hit hardest, mental health professionals are counseling residents to help ease their stress.

Caring For The Elderly In 2019

May 29, 2019
elderly man holding hands
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The baby boomer generation is aging and soon the demand for assisted living will exceed what healthcare institutions can provide. 

All the while, nursing homes in the U.S. are struggling to maintain affordable quality care. Many nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are forced to close or raise prices due to mismanagement, out-of-date policies and government regulations.

Today on All Sides, the challenges and innovations ahead for aging baby boomers and healthcare institutions.