Fourth resident of Murfreesboro nursing home dies from COVID-19 complications

Posted at 11:57 AM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 13:13:51-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Another resident of Boulevard Terrace Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Murfreesboro has died from complications of COVID-19. Four more employees have tested positive for the virus.

The facility confirmed the latest death on Saturday, saying four residents have now died. In all, 34 residents have tested positive, while 30 tested negative. Seven who’ve tested positive are being treated at an area hospital and the others remain in isolation at the facility.

Ten employees have also tested positive and are recovering at home.

The facility, which has been closed to visitors since March 17, said it’s been screening all residents three times a day for symptoms and all employees are screened at the beginning of each shift. All group activities have been cancelled, although one-on-one daily activities with staff continue.


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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.


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.
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  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.