Georgia Coronavirus Fatalities in Nursing Homes Spikes
GEORGIA- Ajc.com writes that the vulnerable nursing home population in Georgia is being struck hard by the coronavirus. Nursing homes and similar facilities have been some of the most severely impacted by the outbreak.*
Recent reports indicate that the death toll at such homes increased by 45 fatalities over the weekend and that at least 295 nursing home residents in the state have now lost their lives because of COVID-19. The state requires long-term care facilities to provide daily updates on fatalities by reporting to the Department of Community Health. The numbers are supposed to keep track of the spread in “real-time.”
The overall number of deaths in the state is 774, but since the Department of Health conducts a verification process before releasing its totals, it is likely that the numbers are higher. Many nursing home deaths have probably not been added to the state total.
Not only are individual cases and fatalities on the rise, but the newest numbers indicate a rise in the number of facilities with cases of the virus. While recent numbers indicated 230 homes had been impacted, it appears that the total is now 257.
The first major outbreak at a Georgia nursing home occurred at Pruitt Health-Palmyra, which is located in Albany. That home still has more fatalities from the virus than any other in the state, with sixteen deaths so far. Arbor Terrace in Atlanta is a close second with fifteen reported deaths from COVID-19.
The state’s list of impacted facilities includes any assisted living communities, nursing homes, and personal care homes with a minimum of 25 beds. The number of cases of the virus at such facilities increased from 265 to 1,929 in a matter of about three days. Staff members are also continuing to test positive, with 966 nursing home workers having contracted the disease.
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