Sun-Sentinel by Skyler Swisher and Mario Ariza
April 27, 2020
South Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are reporting more than 500 residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to new state data released Monday.
The updated state report shows several long-term care facilities across Florida are reporting dozens of cases of the virus.
The information released Monday doesn’t give a complete picture of how the disease is affecting senior-care homes. It doesn’t break down which facilities have recorded deaths. It also doesn’t detail how much testing each facility has done, which could lead to a larger number of positive cases.
In South Florida, North Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has the highest count of residents who have tested positive for the virus and the second highest in the state. Forty-five residents at the 245-bed nursing home tested positive. Another eight residents who tested positive were transferred out of the facility. Three workers also tested positive.
Manor Pines Convalescent Center, which is licensed for 206 beds, is reporting the largest number of cases in Broward County. Thirty-nine residents have tested positive, and 11 residents who tested positive have been transferred out of the facility. The state report also includes 26 workers who have tested positive.