DARTMOUTH — A Dartmouth psychiatric facility is seeing a COVID-19 outbreak amongst its sufferers for the third time this 12 months.
It is additionally at present the one licensed psychological well being hospital in Massachusetts with any circumstances reported, in accordance with state knowledge launched this week.
As of Aug. 10, the newest knowledge obtainable, Southcoast Behavioral Well being on Faunce Nook Highway in Dartmouth had 9 sufferers with COVID-19.
Not one of the different fifteen psychiatric services licensed by the Division of Psychological Well being had any COVID circumstances amongst their sufferers.
Amongst DMH-licensed psychiatric items usually hospitals, solely Mass Common reported any sufferers with COVID, with fewer than 5 circumstances reported.
That is the third time this 12 months that the ability has seen an outbreak, or sudden improve in circumstances, state knowledge exhibits.
Southcoast Behavioral has repeatedly seen various sufferers with the virus, with not less than one case amongst sufferers each week this 12 months till June 8, when it dropped to zero circumstances.
That is the primary month since then that the hospital as soon as once more has sufferers with COVID-19.
In June, the state stopped publishing knowledge on well being services weekly, switching as an alternative to a month-to-month launch schedule.
A 144-bed psychiatric hospital that treats individuals with psychological well being diagnoses, Southcoast Behavioral Well being is operated by Southcoast Well being along side Acadia Healthcare.
Dartmouth Week has beforehand reported staff anonymously alleging unsafe circumstances on the facility throughout earlier outbreaks.
A spokesperson for Southcoast Behavioral Well being was not obtainable for touch upon Friday.
Nevertheless, Director of Enterprise Improvement Katlyn Auty beforehand advised Dartmouth Week that the ability is contracted by the state to deal with sufferers with coronavirus, and strictly follows all CDC pointers.
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