Two people are dead, and 101 more have been hospitalized after a Tennessee nursing home experienced a massive outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
Some residents at Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing in Sumner County were evacuated from the facility over the weekend and tested for the coronavirus by the National Guard. Several area hospitals absorbed the influx of patients.
A total of 42 people were taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center, with two dying after they were hospitalized. Between Sunday and Monday, an additional 59 people were taken to the facility after testing positive for the virus
Dozens of other patients who were not in critical condition were taken to other health facilities. The staff members at the Gallatin Center were also affected, with 33 workers testing positive. Those employees are now in self-quarantines at their homes.
“This situation has escalated quickly, and we urge nursing homes and assisted care facilities to reach out to us as soon as cases are identified within their populations,” said Unified Command Director Stuart McWhorter.
The command is a joint coordination between the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Military, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
Tennessee has had more than 1,400 cases of the coronavirus and at least eight deaths, according to a New York Times tracker.