Fewer LTC facilities reporting more cases of COVID-19 in staff, residents

Singing River Health System's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Randy Roth joins us for a look at the week's developments in the battle against COVID-19 in Mississippi.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2020 at 8:18 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - COVID-19 continues to spread through long-term care facilities as more cases are reported in South Mississippi long-term care facilities.

Twenty 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, cases numbers within these facilities continue to rise.

LTC facilities in South Mississippi reported 222 cases in staff members, 265 cases in residents and 36 resident deaths related to COVID-19.

Facility NameCountyFacility TypeStaff CasesResident CasesResident Deaths
George Regional Health & Rehabilitation CenterGeorgeNursing Home500
Glen Oaks Nursing CenterGeorgeNursing Home16225
Bay Cove Assisted LivingHarrisonPersonal Care Home720
Boyington Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home33745
Dixie White House Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home14304
Driftwood Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home25194
Greenbriar Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home520
Gulfport Care CenterHarrisonNursing Home610
Lakeview Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home16292
One Magnolia PlaceHarrisonPersonal Care Home220
South MS Regional CenterHarrisonICF-IID800
Plaza Community Living CenterJacksonNursing Home220
River Chase VillageJacksonNursing Home1050
Singing River Skilled Nursing FacilityJacksonNursing Home600
Sunplex Subacute CenterJacksonNursing Home14115
Bedford Care Center of PicayunePearl RiverNursing Home10165
Pearl River County Nursing HomePearl RiverNursing Home671
Azalea Gardens Nursing CenterStoneNursing Home25345
Memorial Stone County Nursing & RehabilitationStoneNursing Home400
South MS Regional Center - Wiggins Community HomeStoneICF-IIID890

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.

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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