COVID-19 Positive Numbers Increase at Appling Healthcare; Additional Deaths Reported


Appling Healthcare reports one COVID-19 related death at their geriatric Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and three additional deaths at the Appling Nursing and Rehabilitation Pavilion. This brings the total deaths at the nursing home to five.

The BHU, which is attached to the main hospital, also has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its patients.

At the Pavilion nursing home, the COVID-19 tests administered to the remaining 64 residents are still pending with the Georgia Department of Public Health.

As of today, April 27, 2020, a total of 26 Pavilion nursing home employees and five hospital employees have tested positive, with several tests pending. As we previously stated, all decisions on testing at the nursing home and hospital are made by the GDPH.

The National Guard returned to the nursing home this past Friday to provide additional sanitation and infection control procedures. They will return this Thursday for additional cleaning.

“Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with the loved ones of those residents who have passed away from this virus,” said Appling Healthcare CEO Randy Crawford. “We will continue to work tirelessly to try and prevent it from spreading further through our facilities. Our employees are putting in long hours and making heroic efforts on the front lines of this battle to ensure our patients are receiving the absolute best care possible.”

Crawford added his sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community. “The many donations, uplifting messages and ongoing prayers are exactly what we need right now,” he said.

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, you can call the main 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 April 27, 2020:
Total Tested:358
Total Pending:50
Total Negative:244
Total Positive:64