Forsyth’s Pruitt Healthcare nursing home reported an outbreak of the coronavirus over the weekend with 45 of its 59 residents testing positive for COVID-19. The nursing home has had two deaths attributed to COVID-19 and four staff members have tested positive, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

A Pruitt employee confirmed for the Reporter that they tested all residents recently and that’s why the CDC showed the sudden outbreak. Last week Pruitt had only reported two cases of the virus.

The numbers mean that the Forsyth nursing home has had more cases than the rest of Monroe County since the virus started. Overall the state has reported 30 cases and four deaths in the county, which obviously doesn’t include the nursing home numbers for unknown reasons. Sheriff Brad Freeman said his daily active count from GEMA reports five active cases in the county.

Pruitt’s other facility in Monroe County, the one on Hwy. 42 near Blount, has not sent in official numbers. The Bolingreen nursing home in Bolingbroke reports just one patient with a positive corona test.

Meanwhile, three employees at the Forsyth Walmart tell the Reporter that two employees there have tested positive.

Manager Dennis Kent said any employee who says they have the virus is sent out of work for two weeks of quarantine. He said those cases are not confirmed or documented.

“If they say they have it, we take it as true,” said Kent. “We make sure we don’t let them come to work.”

Kent said they cleaning the store daily, checking employees’ temperatures and asking them questions to make sure they have no symptoms of the virus. All Walmart employees are wearing masks, said Kent. The store still has shortened hours, from 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and opens an hour early for seniors on Tuesdays. Cleaning crews work after the store closes and before it opens.

Kent said the store has been so busy that he has hired about 40 temporary employees. The store’s order-on-line, pick-up in the parking lot service that started in April is very popular. 

Meanwhile, the Virus Village for recovering COVID-19 patients at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center has just one resident, according to GPSTC director Chris Wigginton.