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COVID-19 widespread in Dauphin County, midstate nursing homes, as state releases facility data

PA Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine (right) at Tuesday’s press briefing

Nearly half of all COVID-19-related fatalities in Dauphin County have occurred among residents of nursing homes, the state Department of Health disclosed today.

As of Tuesday, 24 of the county’s 50 deaths from the disease have occurred in these congregant care facilities, according to the department. In all, 313 of 989 total cases have occurred in the facilities, including 260 residents and 53 staff members.

According to the health department, in Dauphin County, the cases have primarily occurred in three nursing homes:

  • Spring Creek Rehab and Nursing Center: 169 resident cases, 21 staff cases, 14 fatalities
  • Country Meadows of Hershey: 47 resident cases, 16 staff cases, 10 fatalities
  • Premier at Susquehanna Nursing & Rehab: 44 resident cases, 16 staff cases

Today marks the first time that the department has publicly revealed detailed case and death data from long-term care facilities. Since the magnitude of the problem at these facilities has begun to be known, the department has been under increasing pressure from the press and local officials to release this information publicly.

“As I have said, long-term care facility residents are among our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians with the global pandemic of COVID-19,” health department Secretary Rachel Levine said. “We want their families to have the latest information on what is going on the facilities where their loved ones reside.”

In Cumberland County, four facilities together account for 307 cases (253 resident and 54 staff cases) of the county’s 540 positive COVID-19 cases. Forty of the county’s 42 deaths have occurred in nursing facilities. According to the health department, this includes:

  • Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home: 40 resident cases
  • Shippensburg Health Care Center: 88 resident cases, 18 staff cases, 23 deaths
  • The Gardens at Camp Hill: 51 resident cases, 15 staff cases, seven deaths
  • The Gardens at West Shore: 74 resident cases, 21 staff cases, 10 deaths

No Perry County facilities have recorded cases, according to the department.

In the midstate, Lancaster County has recorded the most nursing home cases. Throughout the county, there are 666 resident cases, 155 staff cases and 145 fatalities among 33 facilities, according to the health department.

Statewide, Brighton Rehab and Wellness Center in Allegheny County has had the most cases: 358 among residents and 25 among staff, with 76 fatalities, according to health department data.

In response to the spread of COVID-19 in nursing and long-term care facilities, the commonwealth has begun testing all residents and staff, Levine said. The state recently began employing members of the National Guard to assist in the effort.

Click below to download the health department’s full Excel spreadsheet of COVID-19 cases in PA nursing home/long-term care facilities. COVID-19 LTCF Data_5-19-20

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