2 more deaths reported at Veterans Home
Many health experts predicted that nursing homes and assisted-living facilities would get hit especially hard by the pandemic.
Turns out they were right.
Two more residents of the Georgia War Veterans Home passed away over the weekend due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total in that facility to six.
“(The veterans) are keeping their spirits up, for the most part. Our staff also have been outstanding,” said Russell Feagin, an administrator with the Departments of Veterans Services. “We’re all just trying to do the best we can, which is all we can do right now.”
Less than a mile away, at the Bostick Nursing Center, four inmates are now considered COVID-19 fatalities, according to the Department of Community Health. A total of 30.5 percent of the facility’s 193 inmate population have tested positive at some point during the pandemic, according to DCH data.
As of press time earlier this week, individuals who were in the care of assisted-living facilities accounted for 46 percent of all confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Georgia. More strikingly, that figure does not include employees in these facilities who fell victim to COVID-19, including the two local men who worked in the Cook Building and are now deceased.
It’s the same story in several nearby counties. The Westbury nursing home in nearby Jackson has registered 20 COVID-19 deaths, the second-most of any assisted-living facility in the state. Jackson is the home of Baldwin County’s state representative – Burt Jones. In Putnam County, meanwhile, all five confirmed COVID-19 deaths have come from the same nursing home – Eatonton Health and Rehabilitation.