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COVID-19 cases in LTC facilities continue to rise in South Mississippi

Updated: Aug. 15, 2020 at 2:51 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.

The Mississippi State Department of Health recently 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.

LTC facilities in South Mississippi reported 207 cases in staff members, 246 cases in residents and 26 resident deaths related to COVID-19.

Facility NameCountyFacility TypeStaff CasesResident CasesResident Deaths
George Regional Health & Rehabilitation CenterGeorgeNursing Home400
Glen Oaks Nursing CenterGeorgeNursing Home14173
Woodland Village Nursing CenterHancockNursing Home600
Bay Cove Assisted LivingHarrisonPersonal Care Home520
Boyington Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home31745
Dixie White House Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home14304
Driftwood Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home23173
Greenbriar Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home500
Gulfport Care CenterHarrisonNursing Home610
Lakeview Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home12240
One Magnolia PlaceHarrisonPersonal Care Home220
South MS Regional CenterHarrisonICF-IID600
Plaza Community Living CenterJacksonNursing Home220
River Chase VillageJacksonNursing Home1050
Singing River Skilled Nursing Facility JacksonNursing Home600
Sunplex Subacute CenterJacksonNursing Home14115
Bedford Care Center of PicayunePearl RiverNursing Home9164
Pearl River County Nursing HomePearl RiverNursing Home470
Azalea Gardens Nursing CenterStoneNursing Home23302
Memorial Stone County Nursing & RehabilitationStoneNursing Home300
South MS Regional Center-Wiggins Community HomeStoneICF-IID880

In Mississippi, there were 825 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 new deaths reported Saturday 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 ]

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.

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