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Fifth resident of Gallatin nursing home dies after contracting COVID-19

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Posted at 9:35 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 22:35:22-04

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — A fifth resident of a Gallatin nursing home that was evacuated due to an outbreak of the new coronavirus has died from COVID-19.

Less than a week after transferring dozens of residents to local hospitals, the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing began moving patients back into the facility on Thursday. Officials at the center say they hope to have everyone who can be moved back in by the end of the weekend.

More than 100 residents and employees at the facility have tested positive for the virus.

Sumner County has the third highest number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the state at 283 as of Friday afternoon.

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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.