Peachtree City nursing home hit with Covid-19 outbreak

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The number of residents and staff at long-term care facilities in Fayette County testing positive for Covid-19 increased in recent days, with those increases occurring at one facility in Peachtree City — Southland Health and Rehabilitation, with 18% of its patients reporting infection with the respiratory illness.

At Southland, since last week, the coronavirus infections more than doubled for residents — from 9 to 19 since the June 9 report — with 2 additional staff members infected, bringing the total staff positive tests to 7.

The June 12 update by the Ga. Department of Community Health (DCH) also showed no new resident deaths in Fayette facilities and three resident recoveries.

DCH tracks facilities statewide with one or more cases among residents and staff and the number of resident deaths.

The June 12 update showed seven Fayette County facilities with a total of 27 residents testing positive, four resident deaths, 19 staff testing positive and three residents recovered.

The DCH data pertaining to Fayette County for June 12 shows:

• Southland Health and Rehabilitation in Peachtree City has 106 residents, with 19 residents testing positive, seven staff testing positive and one resident recovered. On June 9, the totals at Southland showed nine residents testing positive, five staff testing positive and one resident recovered.

• Arbor Terrace in Peachtree City has 55 residents, with one resident testing positive and two staff testing positive.

• Ashley Glen Senior Living and Memory Care in Peachtree City has 54 residents, with three residents and two staff testing positive, and two residents recovered.

• Condor Health Lafayette in Fayetteville has 132 residents, with one staff testing positive.

• Gardens of Fayetteville has 30 residents, with two residents testing positive, two resident deaths and five staff testing positive.

• Heartis Fayetteville has 92 residents, with two residents testing positive, two resident deaths and two staff testing positive.

• Hope Center Memory Care in Fayetteville has 65 residents, with one staff testing positive.

With Covid-19 now in 432 long-term care facilities statewide, the June 12 report showed 6,345 residents testing positive, 1,125 resident deaths and 2,782 staff testing positive for the virus.

As of June 13, and across all population demographics, Georgia has seen 56,801 confirmed Covid-19-positive cases and 2,446 deaths.

Statewide, resident deaths in long-term care facilities account for approximately 46 percent of all confirmed deaths from Covid-19.

As of late May, 42 percent of all Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. have occurred in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, according to freopp.org

AARP.org said that number is potentially higher given that more than a dozen states are not publicly sharing new cases or deaths.