JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - As the rest of Mississippi is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, the trend seems to continue in long-term care facilities across the state.
Nine long-term care facilities in the six southern counties have reported outbreaks as of 6 p.m. June 25, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.
This is a large jump from the three facilities in only two counties reporting ongoing outbreaks from the previous week. The largest jump was seen in the Boyington Health & Rehabilitation Center, which went from 7 to 40 cases in residents in the span of a week.
The names of the facilities where outbreaks have been reported had previously been withheld, citing patient privacy.
A Hinds County Chancery Court ruling said the names of facilities with outbreaks of COVID-19 should be disclosed out of public interest, and the court agreed. A further recommendation from the state attorney general backed up the decision.
While the names of the specific facilities were released, the names of individual patients will still not be public, nor will how many cases each facility has reported.