Inside look at the Jackson Veterans Home, how it operates amid COVID-19 pandemic

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – As nursing homes and long term care health facilities work to protect patients from COVID-19, 12 News got an exclusive look inside the Jackson Veterans Home and the precautions they’re taking steps to keep patients safe.

Stacey Pickering, , executive director of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs, says dozens of boxes are delivered each week to the home, filled with face shields, hairnets, shoe coverings, gowns and disinfectant. 6 pallets are meant to last the whole week. Many rooms and offices at the facility have been converted to store the items.

The chapel is used to house positive patients and the day room has been transformed into an ICU center. There are four Veterans Homes across Mississippi, and three are currently experiencing a second COVID-19 outbreak. The facility in Jackson is not currently experiencing an outbreak.

“We test every resident twice a week, if we get it identified. Right now, we have an outbreak in our other three homes, and we isolate them. And we make sure to do contract tracing, which nursing staff, house keeping, everybody they may have come in contact with, so that we can isolate them, monitor them over the next five to seven days, in case they get contagious so they don’t spread the virus,” explained Stacey Pickering, executive director of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs.

Pickering said everyone at the home is rapid tested twice a week.

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