From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
HOOVER — The South Haven Health and Rehabilitation facility in Hoover announced on Thursday that 36 people within the building have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Joe Perkins, a spokesman for Northport Health Services, said that 17 residents and 19 employees tested positive for the virus. The facility received permission from the state to test each resident and employee, which was a blessing as asymptomatic employees would have not been tested under the current guidelines. Perkins said it took eight to 14 days to get some of the results back.
Residents who have tested positive were isolated and continue to receive extra care. As a safeguard, the facility checks resident’s temperatures multiple times a day and screens each employee during their shift.
The Alabama Department of Public Health unveiled a plethora of statistical data earlier this week encompassing the underlying medical conditions of those individuals who have passed away from COVID-19, the demographics of those who test positive and the percentage of health care workers who have been stricken with the coronavirus. Those findings revealed that 56 patients who work in a long-term care facility and 51 patients who are a resident at a long-term care facility have tested positive for the virus in Alabama.