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


The number of positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases among residents at the Appling Nursing and Rehabilitation Pavilion has increased to 41 cases. The nursing home also reports four additional COVID-19 related deaths, which brings the total deaths at the facility to nine.

The geriatric Behavioral Health Unit, which is attached to the main hospital, also has four confirmed cases of coronavirus and one confirmed death related to COVID-19 among its patients.

As of today, May 4, 2020, a total of 30 Pavilion nursing home employees and seven hospital employees have tested positive, with four tests pending. 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. They are scheduled to return this Thursday for additional cleaning.

Appling Nursing and Rehabilitation Pavilion staff requests that care packages for residents to be dropped off Mondays through Fridays between 9 and 10 a.m., or between 3 to 4 p.m. Food items should be non-perishable and shelf stable must be in their original packaging. Home cooking and laundry will not be accepted at this time. 

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 04, 2020:
Total Tested:507
Total Pending:5
Total Negative:418
Total Positive:84