COVID-19 Taking Toll in Escambia County Nursing Homes
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — Nursing homes and long-term healthcare facilities in Escambia County continue to grapple with the explosive and highly virulent novel coronavirus. According to NorthEscambia.com, twelve people have died from complications caused by the novel coronavirus. Eight out of the twelve people who perished to this point were residents or staff members at an Escambia County long-term nursing facility. Two long-term nursing homes have reported four deaths each. A third Escambia County nursing home did not report any COVID-19-related deaths but has recorded numerous patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Residents and staff from long-term health care facilities are equally at risk for sustaining severe complications from COVID-19. *
Escambia County’s long-term health care homes have not evaded COVID-19’s clutches. In a facility identified as Southern Oaks Care Center, four people, including three patients and one staff member, died from COVID-19. The facility can hold 210 patients. To date, 94 residents and staff received COVID-19 a diagnosis. The home transferred four patients to the hospital for treatment, along with six infected staff members.
Brookdale Pensacola also suffered four COVID-19 deaths. Three infected residents remain at the facility. Six staff members tested positive for COVID-19 as of last Friday. The state Department of Health licensed Brookdale Pensacola to house as many as 60 patients.
Bayside Health and Rehabilitation Center has a license to accommodate up to 120 patients. The facility reported no COVID-19 deaths. However, 44 residents took sick from the novel coronavirus along with thirteen staff members who tested positive.
In nearby Santa Rosa County, no resident or staff member of any of the long-term healthcare facilities there has died from the virus.
The Florida Department of Health maintains all relevant COVID-19 statistics, including the number of nursing home deaths caused by COVID-19. Nursing homes and long-term rehabilitation centers have experienced tremendous difficulty controlling the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Tens of thousands of residents and staff at nursing homes in Florida and across the county have died from COVID-19.
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