More cases of COVID-19 reported in county nursing homes

By NICOLE SMITH
Daily Mountain Eagle
nicole.smith@mountaineagle.com
Posted 6/27/20

More cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Walker County nursing homes.

Last week, the Daily Mountain Eagle reported on case numbers through the week of June 7; however, a few more cases of …

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More cases of COVID-19 reported in county nursing homes

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More cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Walker County nursing homes.

Last week, the Daily Mountain Eagle reported on case numbers through the week of June 7; however, a few more cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed at area nursing homes, according to newly released data through the week of June 14.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides nursing home COVID-19 case data from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Healthcare Safety Network.

Ridgewood Health Services has reported its first resident confirmed case of COVID-19 for the week ending on June 14. As of that date, no staff member was confirmed or suspected to have COVID -19.

Ridgeview Health Services had two more residents test positive for COVID-19 as of June 14, bringing the facility’s total resident confirmed cases to seven since March 24.

No staff members at Ridgeview were diagnosed with COVID-19 through the week of June 14, but four staff members in total have tested positive since May 24.

Three staff members were suspected of having COVID-19 for the week of June 14.

Shadescrest Health Care Center in Jasper reported three confirmed resident cases of COVID-19 for the week ending on June 14.

The facility has had four residents test positive for COVID-19 since May 24.

Six staff members at Shadescrest tested posi-tive for COVID-19 for the week ending on June 14. Ten staff members in total have been diagnosed with the disease at Shadescrest since May 24.

Shadescrest is also reporting a shortage of nursing staff, clinical staff, aides, and other staff members.

Neither Cordova Health and Rehabilitation nor Walker Rehabilitation Center in Carbon Hill have had resident confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the most recent data. However, Cordova Health has had three suspected resident cases of COVID-19 since May 24.

Two staff members at Cordova Health were sus-pected to have COVID-19 for the week ending on June 14, bringing the facility’s suspected staff total to 18.

Cordova Health has also reported a shortage of N-95 masks and is the only nursing home facility in Walker County to report a face mask short-ge, according to the CMS dashboard.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard, 1,453 long-term care employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Alabama, and 2,293 long-term care residents have been diagnosed with the disease.

Over 300 nursing home resident deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Alabama, according to CMS.

As of mid-afternoon Thursday, 751 cases of COVID-19 had been diagnosed in Walker County, with 12 confirmed deaths.

In the past two weeks, 231 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county.

More than 6,500 people have been tested for the disease in Walker County.

A total of nearly 19,000 recoveries have been reported statewide.