The NHC nursing home in Rossville, Georgia, is reporting nine people have died due to the coronavirus at the facility.
The nine residents who have died account for 15% of the confirmed cases at the nursing home. As of Monday afternoon, 60 residents have tested positive for the virus and 27 have recovered. There are 23 residents who are still infected, and one person is in the hospital.
Among employees, 32 have tested positive and 27 have recovered.
The 92 confirmed cases at the facility in Rossville make up nearly 30% of all the coronavirus cases in Walker County.
There are 315 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Walker County, 11 deaths and 16 hospitalizations.
The reported deaths were people all at least 73 years old. All had pre-existing chronic conditions, according to the health department.
Of the 315 confirmed cases, 44 came from antibody testing.
The nursing home in Rossville reported its first death on June 8. Since then, eight more people have died with coronavirus-related illnesses as the deadly virus continues to affect the most vulnerable population in Georgia.
Across the county line, 60 residents at the PruittHealth nursing home in Fort Oglethorpe have tested positive and two have died, while 34 employees have tested positive.
Statewide, 1,245 people have died in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Georgia in connection with the global pandemic. Deaths in these facilities make up more than 45% of all the COVID-19 deaths in Georgia as of Monday afternoon. The virus continues to hit these facilities even as 100% of nursing home residents in facilities with 25 or more beds have been tested for COVID-19.
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