Statewide long-term care facility cases near 2,500, with 255 deaths
As of Friday, April 17, three long-term care residents in Stephens County have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. There has been one fatality among those three individuals.
Beginning April 17, COVID-19 statistics from specified long-term care facilities are reported each weekday by the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD) of the Georgia Department of Community Health.
According to the initial GDCH report, published Friday afternoon, the Clary Care Center/Wilkinson Care Center listed no fatalities, one confirmed COVID-19 case among its 88 residents, and no staff members that have tested positive. PruittHealth – Toccoa 2 reports two confirmed cases and one death among its 151 residents. No staff members have tested positive for the virus.
In addition to statistics available through the HFRD report, ConnectLocal spoke with PruittHealth officials who reported that, as of Friday, April 17, ‘19 individuals at the facility have been tested. Of those 19, two tested positive, and are included in the HFRD report; one test is still pending, and 15 tests returned negative results.
“Some patients were tested when they visited the local hospitals and some were tested in-house,” a PruittHealth Communications Department representative told ConnectLocal, explaining that many hospitals now automatically test nursing home patients that enter the hospital, regardless of the reason for their visit.“
“PruittHealth – Toccoa has been strictly following enhanced infection control protocols, including increasing cleaning frequency, postponing communal activities, ceasing visitation, screening staff and patients daily, restricting staff to only essential personnel, and ceasing new admission,” a PruittHealth spokeswoman said. Additionally, the National Guard has been to PruittHealth – Toccoa to help deep clean the center.”
COVID-19 confirmed cases and fatalities at licensed nursing homes, assisted living communities and personal care homes of 25 beds or more are included in the report, which identifies the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as well as the cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths at the reporting facility.
According to Friday’s statistics, 229 facilities have reported at least resident or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. The 229 facilities, which account for a total of 19,704 beds long-term care beds, according to the report, there have been 830 staff members and 1,664 residents who have tested positive, and 255 residents who have died from COVID-19 complications.
Five facilities alone account for 25.5 percent of confirmed resident cases, 17 percent of confirmed staff cases and 10.39 percent of fatalities.
PruittHealth – Albany (Dougherty County) – 163 beds, 106 positive residents, 45 positive staff, 16 deaths.
Arbor Terrace at Cascade, – Atlanta (Fulton County) – 40 beds, 52 positive residents, 35 positive staff, 15 deaths.
Joe-Anne Burgin Nursing Home – Cuthbert (Randolph County) – 41 beds, 53 positive residents, 20 positive staff, 11 deaths.
PruittHealth – Macon – Macon (Bibb County) – 185 beds, 72 positive residents, 14 positive staff, 6 deaths.
Windemere Health and Rehabilitation Center – Augusta (Richmond County) – 38 beds, 75 positive residents, 27 positive staff, 4 deaths.
PruittHealth’s Emergency Operations Center is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and is staffed by PruittHealth nurses and healthcare professionals who can help address a family’s questions and even connect them to their loved ones by scheduling a family video chat. Currently, the service is handling approximately 500 calls per day and have scheduled more than 5,000 video chats. The number to reach the Emergency Operations Center is