South Haven Health and Rehabilitation in Hoover, AL reported 36 COVID-19 diagnoses among their residents and staff.
According to a report from WBRC, 17 residents and 19 workers in the nursing home tested positive for the virus. Thirteen of the staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 did not exhibit any symptoms.
Every person who lives or works in South Haven Health and Rehabilitation was tested for COVID-19, regardless of symptom appearance or risk factors. The nursing home was given “special permission from the state to test every resident and every employee.” State legal regulations initially restricted the care facility from such extensive testing. Testing allowed the six staff members who were asymptomatic to be discovered.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the serious threat that the virus presents to the elderly, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced updated nursing home inspections procedures. The updates include the creation of a facility self-assessment program and inspections that will target facilities identified as at-risk. These procedures were implemented partly in response to cases of COVID-19 at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, WA, a nursing home that is believed to be the initial infection site of the virus in Washington state. A report from CMS revealed that data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows “147 nursing homes across 27 states have at least one resident with COVID-19.”
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