Ohio National Guard

The nation’s nursing homes lobbying group has written to Ohio’s Mike DeWine and other governors, warning that without action now there will be more outbreaks, especially if visitors are allowed back in to see loved ones after months away.

Nearly three quarters of all confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Ohio have been in nursing homes. Ohio National Guard personnel have been helping with testing in long term care facilities, but the funding for them to continue that and other pandemic related missions runs out in a month.

In this March 24, 2020, file photo, members of The Ohio National Guard assist in repackaging emergency food boxes for food distribution at the Cleveland Food Bank in Cleveland.
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The Ohio National Guard will soon have to end its pandemic-related missions, including its first assignment in the coronavirus crisis, helping 12 Ohio food banks with the huge job of getting food to increasing numbers of people who need it.

The Ohio National Guard is returning to the state after being called to Washington, DC to secure demonstrations in the District. However, members of the guard are still in some Ohio cities as protesters continue to demonstrate against the deaths of George Floyd and other black people killed by police.

The National Guard stands guard outside the Justice Center, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Cleveland.
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a member of the Ohio National Guard, says Gov. Mike DeWine, over allegations they expressed "white supremacist ideology" online before deploying to assist with protest security in Washington, D.C.

Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Ohio’s governor and a U.S. senator say the military shouldn’t be sent into their state. Both Gov. Mike DeWine and Sen. Rob Portman say it should be up to mayors and state leaders to decide what's needed to restore order.

The National Guard stands guard outside the Justice Center, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / AP

The Ohio National Guard has sent 100 of its members to Washington, D.C. to assist the district during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minnesota Police officer.

Columbus Police with riot gear block off Main Street in downtown Columbus on May 31, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine dedicated most of his coronavirus press conference Tuesday to discussing racism in the state.

Willie Ramey cleans up from a night of protests on Gay Street in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

As the sun crept over downtown Columbus on Monday morning, residents and workers again found themselves cleaning up after a day of protests.

A woman sits in the street with her fist raised while police gather on High Street.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Hours before the city's first night of curfew Saturday, Columbus Police dispersed downtown protestors following a day of contentious demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd. Police cars were parked on nearly every street, cordoning off the area and leaving the area empty.

Coronavirus In Ohio: Families Weigh Risks Of Sending Loved Ones To Nursing Homes

May 29, 2020
A sign at the Mill Run nursing home in Hilliard.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

In early March, just as Ohioans were learning about the first cases of novel coronavirus in the state, Anna Bondar’s grandfather fell at his Cleveland home. Luckily, the 92-year old, who lives with dementia, wasn’t injured badly.

The tight-knit family started to discuss the possibility of a nursing home, though they had serious reservations.

The Ohio National Guard will deploy across the state beginning this week to help expand COVID-19 testing at Ohio’s 960 nursing homes. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the effort during his regular coronavirus briefing.

In this March 24, 2020, file photo, members of The Ohio National Guard assist in repackaging emergency food boxes for food distribution at the Cleveland Food Bank in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Ohio National Guard members have been performing a variety of duties during the COVID19 pandemic. But the roles of members are changing a bit as time progresses.

There have been at least 674 deaths from coronavirus at nursing homes in Ohio, which is 43% of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths. After saying for weeks that nursing home residents who have symptoms are tested but limitations prevented mass testing, there’s a plan for more tests in long-term care facilities.

Two F-16s and a KC-135 with the 121st Air Refueling Wing of the Ohio National Guard conduct a flyby near the Wexner Medical Center.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

The Ohio Air National Guard conducted a flyby Wednesday over several Columbus-area hospitals to honor the work of health care professionals, first responders, military personnel, and other essential workers during the pandemic. 

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