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11th person dies in COVID-19 outbreak at Gallatin nursing home

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Posted at 10:06 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 11:12:04-04

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — An 11th person has died from the COVID-19 outbreak at a Gallatin nursing home.

Sumner Regional Medical Center confirmed the most recent death on Wednesday. Over the weekend, three residents passed away. Two additional deaths were confirmed Tuesday.

Many residents who were moved out of the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing because of the outbreak, were returned to the facility over the weekend after the nursing home said it had thoroughly cleaned the place.

However, NewsChannel 5 was told at least three of those residents were sent back to the hospital because they were having trouble breathing and showing other signs of COVID-19.

More than 100 of the facility’s residents and staff tested positive for the new coronavirus. The state health department has warned that many of those who did not initially get sick, will likely start showing symptoms in the next week or so.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.