Appling Healthcare Gives Weekly COVID-19 Update


The number of positive cases of COVID-19 among residents at the Appling Healthcare and Rehabilitation Pavilion has increased to 48. The nursing home also reports two additional COVID-19 related deaths, which brings the total deaths at the facility to 11. 

Three residents have been able to return to the Pavilion nursing home after being admitted into the hospital and recovering from COVID-19. 

In addition, Rose Keller, Chief Nursing Officer for Appling Healthcare, reports some uplifting news on the status of some employees who tested positive for the virus. “I am so thankful to report that a number of our employees have recovered from the coronavirus and several others are recovering,” she said. “We can only continue to deliver the best care possible and continue to pray for not only our employees but also our patients and the health and wellness of our community.”

As of today, May 11, 2020, a total of 35 Pavilion nursing home employees and eight hospital employees have tested positive. No tests are currently pending for employees. As we previously stated, decisions about testing for COVID-19 in outbreak settings are made in consultation with DPH. We continue to work with public health officials to prevent further transmission.

The National Guard returned to the nursing home this past Thursday to provide additional sanitation and infection control procedures. 

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to message us on Facebook. Your message will be immediately routed to the nursing home administrator. Another option is to send an email to Your email will automatically go to all of the nursing home administration team as well as hospital staff, so you should receive a response fairly soon.

If you do prefer to call the nursing home, please understand that employees are focusing on hands-on patient care. You should, however, receive a call back within 24 hours. Call the main Pavilion phone number, (912)367-9841, and then reach the administration team through their direct extensions:

Kim Jowers, Nursing Home Administrator, ext. 2402
Melina Edmund, Director of Nursing, ext. 2410
Candi Lewis, Certified Resident Assessment Coordinator, ext. 1223
Tina Clements, Infection Preventionist/Quality Assessment Director, ext. 2405

Following is a breakdown* of testing for Appling Healthcare system-wide as of May 11, 2020:

Total Tested:572
Total Pending:10
Total Negative:461
Total Positive:101

(*These numbers represent how many patients Appling Healthcare has tested and may not reflect the same numbers as DPH, as some patients and employees do not live in Appling County.)