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

Coastal Family Health's Dr. Wendy Williams joins us with her insight on COVID-19 cases in South Mississippi.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2020 at 8:01 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - COVID-19 continues to spread as more cases are reported in South Mississippi long-term care facilities.

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

While that is three fewer facilities reporting cases from the previous week, cases numbers within these facilities continue to rise in residents.

LTC facilities in South Mississippi reported 221 cases in staff members, 299 cases in residents and 39 resident deaths related to COVID-19.

Facility NameCountyFacility TypeStaff CasesResident CasesResident Deaths
George Regional Health & Rehabilitation CenterGeorgeNursing Home500
Glen Oaks Nursing CenterGeorgeNursing Home16276
Bay Cove Assisted LivingHarrisonPersonal Care Home720
Boyington Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home33745
Dixie White House Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home17304
Driftwood Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home32474
Greenbriar Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home520
Lakeview Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home20363
South MS Regional CenterHarrisonICF-IID900
Plaza Community Living CenterJacksonNursing Home320
Singing River Skilled Nursing FacilityJacksonNursing Home600
Sunplex Subacute CenterJacksonNursing Home14115
Bedford Care Center of PicayunePearl RiverNursing Home10165
Pearl River County Nursing HomePearl RiverNursing Home672
Azalea Gardens Nursing CenterStoneNursing Home25365
Memorial Stone County Nursing & RehabilitationStoneNursing Home500
South MS Regional Center-Wiggins Community Home StoneICF-IID890

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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