Two long-term care facilities in Greenwood that remain on Mississippi’s list with active COVID-19 outbreaks have not had a new positive case in at least two weeks.
The situation at the third facility on the list also appears to have stabilized.
That’s according to the data released Friday by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Golden Age nursing home was put on the list after one resident tested positive last month for COVID-19. The same for Indywood Glen Personal Care Home after one employee tested positive. Neither has reported any additional cases of residents or employees since.
Riverview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s outbreak was initially more severe, with two residents dying and 15 others testing positive as well as six employees. In the two weeks since, only two additional employees have tested positive and no residents.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are particularly vulnerable. Forty-two of Leflore County’s 59 deaths, or 71%, lived in long-term care facilities.
Meanwhile, as of Friday morning, Greenwood Leflore Hospital was treating nine patients for COVID-19. Two of those patients were on ventilators to help them breathe.