19 residents at Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County recover from COVID-19

Posted at 2:55 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 15:57:50-04

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Signature HealthCARE said 19 of its residents and 18 of its staff members at the Putnam County facility have recovered from COVID-19.

The facility reported its first confirmed cases of the coronavirus on March 27.

Out of the 32 residents who had a positive case, five have since died.

Signature HealthCARE said 17 of the recovered patients have moved out of its COVID-19 unit and two have been discharged and gone home.

Nineteen of the facility's staff members tested positive since the outbreak began. All but one have recovered, and are back at work.

Signature HealthCARE said the company has set a standard of two negative tests within 48-hours to consider a resident or staff member recovered from the virus.

"Often times the right decision is not the easy decision," said Lee Rooney, CEO and Administrator for Signature HealthCARE of Putnam. "This has been a difficult and trying time for my patients, families and employees, however, at the end of the day, everyone knows Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County will strive to make the most proactive decisions possible and have the best interest of the patients and staff in mind, always."

The Putnam County facility has not reported any new cases in the last 28 days.

Signature HealthCARE established a separate COVID-19 unit in early April to treat residents who were infected. The unit also admitted 16 patients from other facilities.