COVID-19 deaths reported in Walker County nursing homes

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Three deaths have been reported in Walker County nursing homes due to COVID-19, as well as nearly 60 confirmed resident cases.

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, and new data is released each week.

Currently, nursing home data has only been shared through the week ending June 28.

Ridgeview Health Services and Shadescrest Health Care Center in Jasper have been hit hardest by COVID-19.

For the week ending June 28, eight residents at Ridgeview Health Services were confirmed to have COVID-19. Since May 24, 17 residents in total have been confirmed to have the disease.

Two Ridgeview resident deaths have also resulted due to COVID-19.

Nine staff members were confirmed to have COVID-19 for the week ending on June 28, and 14 staff members in total have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since May 24.

Shadescrest had four residents diagnosed with COVID-19 for the week ending June 28, with 19 total confirmed resident cases since May 24.

No deaths have occurred at Shadescrest due to COVID-19.

Three staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at Shadescrest since June 28, and 19 staff members in total have been diagnosed since May 24.

Ridgewood Health Services had three resident confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the week ending June 28, and nine residents in total have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since May 24.

One Ridgewood resident is reported to have died from COVID-19.

Eleven staff members at Ridgewood were diagnosed with COVID-19 for the week ending June 21. Those 11 staff members make up the total confirmed staff COVID-19 cases at Ridgewood.

Cordova Health and Rehabilitation has only had one resident confirmed case of COVID-19, and no deaths have been reported Cordova Health as a result of the disease.

No staff members at Cordova Health have been confirmed to have COVID-19, but 20 staff members in total have been suspected of having the disease.

Cordova Health is also reporting that the facility does not have a one-week supply of N95 masks. The facility, however, reports having a good supply of surgical masks.

Walker Rehabilitation Center in Carbon Hill had 11 confirmed resident cases of COVID-19 for the week ending June 28. Those 11 resident cases are the only cases of COVID-19 reported at the facility since May 24.

No resident deaths due to COVID-19 have occurred at Walker Rehabilitation.

Nine staff members in total have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at Walker Rehabilitation. Eight of those cases were confirmed the week ending June 28.

Joette Kelley Brown, the president of Ridgeview and Ridgewood Health Services, addressed the cases of COVID-19 at both facilities in a post to Facebook. She said, in part, "Since the beginning of this pandemic we have been surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the Alabama Department of Public Health. We received zero deficiencies with them all. They found nothing that we were doing wrong based on all of their guidelines for infection control.

"They even wanted to use some of our strategies for prevention in other homes. That being said, we have had positives in our building."

She continued, "We ask that you pray for us as we seek to serve your loved one and you during this most difficult time and may God bless us all."

No other facilities have released statements regarding the impact of COVID-19.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard, 1,785 long-term care employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Alabama, and 2,732 long-term care residents have been diagnosed with the disease. 

As of mid-afternoon Thursday, just over 48,500 cases of COVID-19 had been diagnosed in Alabama, resulting in over 1,000 deaths.

Over 350 nursing home resident deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Alabama, according to CMS.

As of press time, 1,051 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Walker County, resulting in 27 deaths.