TALLAHASSEE — The State of Florida continues to battle COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities whose residents are most vulnerable should they contract the virus. Earlier this month, the state mandated staff in these facilities be tested every two weeks. The state provides the testing kits and testing is done at the facilities. Any staff members who test positive cannot return to work until they have tested negative twice. Residents are tested if they have symptoms. New long-term care residents are tested before they are admitted to a facility.
As of the Florida Department of Health report updated July 12, for the counties around Lake Okeechobee:
• Clewiston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hendry County has 13 residents currently COVID-19 positive and 11 staff members who tested positive. Twelve residents who tested positive have died.
According to FDOH, the numbers on this report are current positives, not cumulative.