Appling Healthcare announces two residents of the Appling Nursing and Rehabilitation Pavilion have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. After learning of the positive results this weekend, the facility immediately notified local and state public health officials and began contacting all employees and residents’ families.
For the protection of all individuals in the facility, the affected residents are in strict isolation and treated by dedicated staff members wearing full Personal Protective Equipment. All other residents are required to stay in their rooms unless they are receiving medical treatment or there is a medical emergency.
The nursing home residents are being cared for based on guidance outlined by the Centers for Disease Control. All residents are screened daily, at a minimum, for fever and respiratory issues.
The Georgia Department of Public Health is closely monitoring the situation. The Georgia National Guard is sending an infection control team to the nursing home immediately to assist in decontaminating and disinfecting the facility. This process may take up to two days and will involve teams of guard members setting up multiple tents in front of the Pavilion to expedite the cleaning process. The National Guard team will be available to return for additional cleaning and disinfecting at any time.
Respiratory and temperature screenings are being performed on all staff prior to every shift.
In addition, all employees continue to wear proper PPE and follow recommended CDC guidelines.
Family members may drop off care packages for nursing home residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the front entrance. Food items must be in their original packaging. They should be non-perishable and shelf stable. Home cooking will not be accepted.
For more information, call the Appling Nursing and Rehabilitation Pavilion at (912)367-9841, ext. 2410.
Following is a breakdown of testing for Appling Healthcare system-wide as of April 13, 2020: