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COVID-19 cases in LTC facilties show downward trend

Updated: Sep. 26, 2020 at 7:11 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - While more long-term care facilities are reporting cases of COVID-19, overall, the number of reported cases has still gone down from the previous week.

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

LTC facilities in South Mississippi reported 150 cases in staff members, 195 cases in residents and 25 resident deaths related to COVID-19.

Facility NameCountyFacility TypeStaff CasesResident CasesResident Deaths
George Regional Health & Rehabilitation CenterGeorgeNursing Home800
Glen Oaks Nursing CenterGeorgeNursing Home22326
Memorial Woodland VillageHancockNursing Home120
Bay Cove Assisted LivingHarrisonPersonal Care Home730
Driftwood Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home499411
Greenbriar Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home620
Lakeview Nursing CenterHarrisonNursing Home22425
Seashore HighlandsHarrisonPersonal Care Home011
The Pillars of BiloxiHarrisonNursing Home300
Plaza Community Living CenterJacksonNursing Home520
Singing River Health & Rehabilitation CenterJacksonNursing Home200
Singing River Skilled Nursing FacilityJacksonNursing Home400
Sunplex Subacute CenterJacksonNursing Home450
Bedford Care Center of PicayunePearl RiverNursing Home300
Pearl River County Nursing HomePearl RiverNursing Home300
Picayune Rehabilitation & Healthcare CenterPearl RiverNursing Home5122
Memorial Stone County Nursing & RehabilitationStoneNursing Home600

The Mississippi State Department of Health defines an outbreak as 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 ]

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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