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Cook Building virus data now available

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Daily COVID-19 data for the Cook Building at Central State Hospital is now available, as the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities launched the online project last week.

A total of 68 employees and 20 clients have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic, according to DBHDD’s website. Out of those 68 employees, 32 have recovered, 34 are still in quarantine, while two are deceased.

Out of the 20 positive clients, 15 have recovered and returned to the Cook Building, while the other five continue to quarantine and receive treatment at the nearby Allen Building. To date, no clients at the Cook Building have died due to COVID-19 complications.

Death totals lag

Ten people in longterm facilities in Milledgeville-Baldwin County have lost their lives due to COVID-19 complications, according to the Department of Community Health’s database. However, many of those deaths were not reflected in the Department of Public Health’s online dashboard, as of press time earlier this week.

According to The Baldwin Bulletin’s best estimates, four members of the general public have died in Baldwin County. Two of those – Mark Delong and Bruce Davis – worked in the same unit at the Central State Hospital Cook Building. Meanwhile, the names of two others, a 66-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, have not been substantiated.

Some deaths are recorded in the DPH dashboard more quickly than others. For example, a 93-year-old man became the first fatality at the Veterans Home on April 11. That death wasn’t placed in the BALDWIN column until roughly two weeks later, however.

Other nursing homes

Three employees at Green Acres nursing home on Allen Memorial Drive have tested positive for COVID0-19, according to DCH data. As of press time earlier this week, however, no residents had tested positive.

Two other local nursing homes – Chaplinwood and Savannah Court – have yet to record any positive cases, at least according to the DCH’s database.