Sixth Stephens County COVID-19 death, reported today by GDPH, not a SCH patient

SCH conducts universal testing among Care Center residents and staff

Stephens county Hospital updated their COVID-19 statistics this afternoon. As of 6 p.m. tonight, June 16, the hospital has conducted 1,420 tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This does not include antibody tests, only tests for the active virus.

Of those 1,420 tests, 152 have resulted in positive test results. - these positive results represent 120 (8.45 percent) patients who have tested positive. Some patients have tested positive on multiple occasions, resulting in the 152 positive results. Patients who are being treated for COVID-19 are tested periodically in order to monitor their treatment/recovery.


Of those 1,420 tests, 1,210 (85.211 percent) returned negative results, indicating the patient was not infected with the virus.


As of June 16, there are two patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 who are currently admitted to the hospital for treatment,

Currently, there are a total of 58 individuals who have been tested for COVID-19 at a Stephens County Hospital facility and are awaiting results; two of those awaiting results have been admitted to the hospital for treatment of symptoms, the remainder are self-isolating at home while they await results.

Of the more than 120 patients that have been treated at Stephens County Hospital or a Stephens County Hospital Physician Group Clinic (including those tested at SCH and those who were tested elsewhere and transferred to SCH) 107, or approximately 89.17 percent, have fully recovered by CDC standards.

According to today’s 3 p.m. COVID-19 update by the Georgia Department of Public Health, there have been 158 residents of Stephens County who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Out of those 158 patients, 120 (76 percent) have been tested and/or treated at Stephens County Hospital facilities, with two deaths out of that 120 patients.

Of the remaining 38 Stephens County Residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, and who have been tested and/or treated somewhere other than Stephens County Hospital, four have died.


The Georgia Department of Public Health continues to refuse to respond to legal Georgia Open Records Act requests for information on numerical data and testing locations of positive COVID-19 tests on Stephens County residents other than SCH statistics, so it is unknown where the 38 patients and four fatalities have occurred.


SCH CARE CENTERS UPDATE

An employee at the Clary Care Center has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, according to Van Loskoski, SCH spokesman and Vice President - Physician Practice Management.

“This employee has worn a mask and any other needed personal protective equipment required when in contact with residents. The employee is on quarantine at home and will not be returning to work until the employee has tested negative,” Loskoski stated. “As a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our residents and employees, we decided to test all residents and staff in our Personal Care Homes.”

That testing of 85 residents resulted in three positive results at the Clary Care Center and two positive results at the Wilkinson Center. Of the 51 employees that were tested, one received positive test results.

"We are thankful that all those who have tested positive are not showing any signs of illness, but we are monitoring this situation extremely closely and taking every precaution to prevent further spread of the virus. No visitors are allowed at either of these facilities and all residents are isolated,” Loskoski stated. “We are not transferring any of these residents to other facilities unless they begin to show symptoms of illness requiring hospitalization. All staff are wearing full protective equipment and are strictly following CDC guidelines for infection prevention. We will provide additional updates as they come available.”

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