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MSVA working to contain, eliminate COVID outbreak at Oxford Veterans Home

Updated - MSVA is working to contain and eliminate the recent outbreak at its Veterans Home in Oxford.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 11:41 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 9:10 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi Veterans Affairs (MSVA) reported 19 residents at its Oxford home tested positive for the coronavirus. Monday’s report also included two deaths.

According to MSVA, one of the two residents was in hospice care at the time of death.

Twelve staff members who work in the home also tested positive.

The agency is working to contain and eliminate the recent outbreak.

Anyone entering the facility is required to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

All in-person visitation at the Veterans Home in Oxford has been suspended until conditions are deemed safe for residents and staff.

Read MSVA's full statement below:

Mississippi Veterans Affairs (MSVA) is working to contain and eliminate a recent COVID-19 outbreak in its Veterans Home located in Oxford.

On Monday, July 27th, the Oxford home reported a total of 19 positive residents and two deaths. Both residents were in hospice care at the time of death. Twelve staff members who work in the home also tested positive.

"On behalf of everyone at our Agency, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of the residents that passed away due to complications from COVID-19," said MSVA Executive Director Stacey Pickering. "We want to make sure the families of our residents are aware of the steps that we are taking to mitigate the impacts of the virus."

Through it's COVID Response plan, MVSA is working to combat the spread of the virus, including recommendations from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The protocol for a positive test of a resident or staff is as follows:

Resident

  • Residents identified as "at-risk" (residents identified as having direct contact with staff who test positive through contact tracing) are isolated, closely monitored and tested for COVID-19.
  • At-risk residents remain in isolation until results are received or begin exhibiting symptoms. If the resident tests positive or shows signs and symptoms, he/she is immediately transferred to the COVID unit of the home.
  • Residents who test positive are transferred to the COVID unit. He/she remains in the unit for a minimum of 14 days or until he/she is symptom-free for 72 hours, or test negative for COVID-19.
  • Testing after 14 days may be obtained per a medical doctor's orders. However, it is not mandatory per guidelines.

Staff

  • A team member is placed on administrative leave immediately following known COVID-19 exposure.
  • A team member is required to test for COVID-19 and/or quarantine for 14 days.
  • A team member may return to work after 14 days of testing positive and is symptom-free for 72 hours.

The Mississippi Department of Health is notified of all residents and staff who test positive for COVID-19 as required. Families of residents are also notified of positive cases.

In addition to this protocol, anyone entering the facility (staff, medical professionals, contractors, delivery/vendor partners, others) are required to wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE). All in-person visitation at the Veterans Home in Oxford has been suspended until conditions are deemed safe for residents and staff.

Correction - MSVA previously reported both deceased residents were in hospice care at the time of their deaths. MSVA has since clarified that only one resident was in hospice care at the time of death.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 68293

Reported Deaths: 1944
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds5700119
DeSoto371031
Harrison260136
Madison245569
Jackson231444
Rankin230735
Jones193159
Forrest182656
Washington170142
Lee152142
Lauderdale141592
Neshoba128892
Lamar123115
Bolivar113635
Oktibbeha113339
Warren112535
Lowndes109239
Panola106816
Sunflower105625
Scott101120
Lafayette98719
Copiah96228
Leflore94966
Pike94037
Holmes91049
Grenada85123
Pontotoc8429
Yazoo84113
Lincoln83442
Monroe82155
Simpson80631
Leake79526
Coahoma78113
Wayne78021
Tate74330
Marshall7129
Marion68420
Union66216
Adams63225
Winston62916
Covington62214
George5956
Pearl River55940
Newton54511
Tallahatchie54111
Attala52725
Walthall50221
Chickasaw47619
Noxubee46112
Tishomingo4377
Alcorn4355
Calhoun4259
Prentiss42310
Claiborne40914
Smith40613
Hancock40214
Clay40114
Jasper3949
Itawamba38710
Tippah37414
Tunica3587
Clarke33626
Montgomery3295
Lawrence3238
Yalobusha31610
Humphreys29712
Quitman2691
Carroll26111
Greene25612
Perry2428
Amite2376
Webster23712
Kemper23314
Jefferson Davis2336
Wilkinson21513
Stone2115
Sharkey2045
Jefferson1957
Benton1451
Choctaw1354
Franklin1312
Issaquena272
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 99926

Reported Deaths: 1781
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13366246
Mobile10581212
Montgomery6825151
Madison546934
Tuscaloosa426979
Unassigned392566
Baldwin367029
Shelby333437
Marshall319438
Lee270847
Morgan241819
Etowah218034
DeKalb183414
Calhoun181918
Elmore176039
Walker154465
Houston142813
Russell13892
St. Clair136320
Limestone135913
Dallas133624
Franklin129722
Cullman123012
Colbert121517
Lauderdale119020
Autauga116222
Escambia108817
Talladega105414
Jackson10264
Tallapoosa87579
Chambers84738
Dale84329
Clarke82610
Chilton8189
Blount8165
Butler77036
Coffee7656
Covington74021
Pike7137
Marion58226
Barbour5796
Lowndes57124
Marengo56616
Hale48526
Bullock48111
Winston45711
Perry4454
Bibb4445
Washington44412
Wilcox43410
Monroe4236
Pickens4089
Randolph40211
Conecuh39310
Sumter36618
Lawrence3542
Macon33914
Crenshaw3326
Choctaw28912
Cherokee2768
Clay2675
Geneva2652
Henry2643
Greene25211
Lamar2302
Fayette2235
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