21 South Miss. long-term care facilities report COVID-19 cases in residents, staff

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Updated: Aug. 7, 2020 at 7:17 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - Cases of COVID-19 across Mississippi continue to rise, with a similar trend continuing in long-term care facilities.

Twenty-one LTC facilities reported cases of COVID-19 in residents and staff this week in the six southernmost counties.

While the number of facilities reporting cases has gone down, that could possibly be due to new guidelines by the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Based on updated national guidelines, the MSDH Office of Epidemiology has modified the definition of COVID-19 outbreaks in LTC facilities. Beginning Aug. 1, a single case of COVID-19 in only one employee or staff member no longer constitutes an outbreak.

MSDH clarified an outbreak will now be defined by a single confirmed COVID-19 infection in an LTC resident or more than one COVID-19 infection in employees or staff in a 14-day period.

One case of COVID-19 in an employee of an LTC facility will still prompt an investigation by MSDH.

Even with those changes, LTC facilities in South Mississippi reported 169 cases in staff members, 217 cases in residents and 21 resident deaths related to COVID-19.

Facility NameCountyFacility TypeStaff CasesResident CasesResident Deaths
George Regional Health & Rehabilitation CenterGeorgeNursing Home300
Glen Oaks Nursing CenterGeorgeNursing Home6110
Woodland Village Nursing CenterHancockNursing Home600
Bay Cove Assisted LivingHarrisonPersonal Care Home520
Boyington Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home30745
Dixie White House Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home13304
Driftwood Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home16153
Greenbriar Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home400
Gulfport Care CenterHarrisonNursing Home610
Lakeview Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home12170
One Magnolia PlaceHarrisonPersonal Care Home220
South MS Regional CenterHarrisonICF-IID600
The Pillars of BiloxiHarrisonNursing Home540
Plaza Community Living CenterJacksonNursing Home120
River Chase VillageJacksonNursing Home1050
Singing River Skilled Nursing FacilityJacksonNursing Home500
Sunplex Subacute CenterJacksonNursing Home9115
Bedford Care Center of PicayunePearl RiverNursing Home8163
Pearl River County Nursing HomePearl RiverNursing Home460
Azalea Gardens Nursing CenterStoneNursing Home17211
South MS Regional Center-Wiggins Community HomeStoneICF-IID100

In Mississippi, there were 1,036 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 new deaths reported Friday by state health officials.

The names of the facilities where outbreaks have been reported had previously been withheld, citing patient privacy.

TABLE: An in-depth look at the number of cases in long-term care facilities ]

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.

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