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Tennessee health department publishes list of nursing homes with COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 6:16 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 16:13:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — In an effort to become more transparent, the Tennessee Department of Health released a list of nursing homes affected by COVID-19.

It has been an unsettling time for many families especially those with loved ones in the at-risk population. Ninety-eight people have died from COVID-19 statewide almost half of those deaths are people over 71 years old.

  • Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing - Nashville
  • Williamsburg Villas - Knoxville
  • The White House Assisted Living - Lafayette
  • Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County - Cookeville
  • Parkway Health and Rehabilitation Center - Memphis
  • Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing LLC - Gallatin
  • NHC Place Sumner - Gallatin
  • NHC HealthCare - Franklin
  • Fountains of Franklin - Franklin
  • NHC Place at Cool Springs - Franklin

We know that 16 of those who have died of Coronavirus were residents of the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing. In all, more than 100 residents and staff tested positive there.

The state has required all long-term care facilities with two or more COVID-19 cases to report them. Beginning Friday, that information will be available for you to see online. The state health commissioner wants everything to have some prospective during this time.

“I do want to remind you, this doesn't infer any type of wrong-doing, this is just facilities that have had positive cases,” Dr. Lisa. Piercey said. “As I've said sometimes, even the best laid plans and best practices still can't prevent all cases from coming in.”

The list will be published later Friday on the Tennessee Department of Health's website.

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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.