Fewer LTC facilities reporting more resident cases of COVID-19

Federal officials said new point-of-care testing in nursing homes will help prevent the spread...
Federal officials said new point-of-care testing in nursing homes will help prevent the spread of Covid-19.(WOIO)
Updated: Sep. 5, 2020 at 7:18 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - For the second week in a row, the number of long-term care facilities reporting cases of COVID-19 has gone down.

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

Additionally, only facilities in Harrison County had a change in their case counts from the previous week. While the number of reported staff cases has decreased and the resident deaths reported have remained the same, cases still seem to be increasing among residents in LTC facilities.

LTC facilities in South Mississippi reported 219 cases in staff members, 319 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 Home750
Boyington Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home33745
*Dixie White House Health & Rehabilitation CenterHarrisonNursing Home18314
*Driftwood Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home44757
*Greenbriar Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home620
*Lakeview Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home21403
South MS Regional CenterHarrisonICF-IID800
Plaza Community Living CenterJacksonNursing Home320
Sunplex Subacute CenterJacksonNursing Home14115
Pearl River County Nursing HomePearl RiverNursing Home672
Azalea Gardens Nursing CenterStoneNursing Home25367
Memorial Stone County Nursing & Rehabilitation StoneNursing Home500
South MS Regional Center - Wiggins Community HomeStoneICF-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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