Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Report
The Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Report released today shows COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities based on data provided to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as of April 12, 2020.
The data in this report is contingent on what information has been provided to, and verified by, DPH. It is possible that a facility is reporting different numbers to different entities, but unless it has been verified by DPH, it will not be included in this weekly report. This report is subject to change.
The report provides information on four long-term care facilities in Athens as of April 12:
- Pruitt Grandview (16 COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths)
- Pruitthealth - Athens Heritage (1 COVID-19 case)
- The Oaks - Athens (1 COVID-19 case)
- University Nursing & Rehab (2 COVID-19 cases)
The report is available online through the Governor's Office website at gov.georgia.gov/press-releases
or directly at gov.georgia.gov/document/document/41220ltcfcovid-19reportpdf/download
DPH does not regulate hospitals, nursing homes, or other long-term care facilities. That said, when there is an outbreak of an infectious disease in a long-term care facility (and due to the vulnerability of residents, even a single case is considered an outbreak), local Public Health immediately initiates an investigation.
This investigation includes contact tracing and evaluation of infection control practices. DPH epidemiologists and communicable disease specialists maintain contact with facilities with ongoing outbreaks and conduct in-person site visits to ensure proper infection control practices are being performed, when appropriate.
All nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the state have received guidance from DPH detailing measures to be taken to control the spread of COVID-19 among their residents and staff. DPH is actively investigating all cases of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in our district, and these facilities are being provided with infection control guidance.
Regulating bodies include:Hospitals
The Joint Commissionwww.jointcommission.org/contact-usSkilled Nursing Facilities (“Nursing Homes”) and Assisted Living Facilities
Department of Community Health, Division of Healthcare Facility Regulationhttps://dch.georgia.gov/divisionsoffices/healthcare-facility-regulation
The National Guard has also established Infection Control Teams that have been deployed to help disinfect long-term care facilities around the state, including in Athens.