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The 120-bed nursing and rehabilitation center has seen the number of cases grow over the past two weeks. The center’s residents and staff underwent widespread testing last week to get a fuller understanding of how much the virus had spread in order to focus efforts on stopping further infections.
Florida Department of Health statistics through 10 a.m. Thursday show Baker County has had 11 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, all among residents of Macclenny.
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Baker County Commissioner James Bennett said Thursday he understands through information from the health department that 10 of the cases are from Macclenny Nursing & Rehab Center.
Jacksonville resident Billy Thornton, whose 75-year-old mother is at the nursing center, said his family was told this week that a total of 10 residents and staff members had tested positive for COVID-19.
He said his mother was not among those who tested positive when results came back from the comprehensive testing.
“We were thankful for that,” he said. “At least for the moment, it was a bit of relief.”
He said he thinks the nursing home’s management has been taking actions to halt the spread of the virus since the first resident tested positive after being transferred to the Macclenny Center from a Jacksonville hospital.
He said he understands that resident was not showing any symptoms when she was transferred, but then later became ill.
“They call it the invisible enemy,” he said. “It’s all new. I feel they are doing as much as they can with what we know.”
Florida Department of Health statistics show a broad range of ages for the COVID-19 cases in Baker County. The youngest is a 24-year-old woman and the oldest is a 97-year-old woman.
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