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Resident of Nashville nursing home dies from COVID-19

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Posted at 6:29 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-29 23:43:38-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A resident of the Nashville Center for Rehabilitation and Healing has died from the new Coronavirus. The nursing home is owned by the same company that also owns the Gallatin facility in which eight people have died.

Families with loved ones here in Nashville are worried the same thing will happen here.

The elderly man lived at the Nashville Center for Rehabilitation and Healing off Wedgewood Avenue until last Thursday when he was hospitalized and tested positive for COVID-19. He died the next day.

"I know he definitely tested positive but I still had not gotten word from the facility so that made me concerned that they were not being as transparent as I thought they should have been," Brenda Delgado told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

Delgado is upset the nursing home waited all weekend to tell her.

Her 92-year-old mother, Ellen Burns, also lives at the Nashville Center which is owned by the same company that owns the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing where one sick patient and one employee quickly turned into more than a hundred people testing positive and at last count, eight residents had died.

"I am very concerned because some of the same issues that exist at this location existed in Gallatin, with the shortage of help and the patient load. It's concerning," Delgado said.

The administrator at the Nashville Center insisted that no one else at the facility has COVID-19. She refused to say whether everyone had been tested, but did say no one was showing any symptoms. But that wasn't enough for Delgado.

"We need to know who was exposed, how many people were exposed and are there people still working in the home or are they quarantined. These are questions that we deserve answers to," Delgado explained.

The nursing home administrator told NewsChannel 5 Investigates that no employees are under any sort of quarantine, including the employees who worked with the man who died.


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