Three Dead from Coronavirus in Putnam County Nursing Homes
PUTNAM COUNTY, TN- Tennessean.com writes that three people in a Putnam County nursing home died from COVID-19 this week. The individuals died just days apart at a Cookeville facility. Reports indicate that one of the victims was not showing symptoms at the time.*
The facility stated that they are saddened by the deaths and called the situation “devastating.” So far, another 30 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, and fifteen members of the facility’s staff also have confirmed cases. The staff members who tested positive will not be able to return to their jobs until they receive medical clearance.
The home stated that it is working with state and local officials to get information out about the cases in the facility. One resident has now recovered and had two negative test results.
The federal government is reportedly beginning to require nursing homes to notify staff and families when people in those facilities have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The move comes after several disturbing reports of failure to notify families and the government about cases of the disease in these homes and long-term care facilities.
Now homes must report and any cases directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to have the numbers kept in a database.
Nursing homes have been referred to as the “ground zero” for the virus. The population of these homes are highly vulnerable and at risk of severe complications from the disease. In some states, such as Virginia, over 50 percent of outbreaks have occurred at nursing homes.
In addition to stricter reporting requirements, residents must also detail their plans for slowing the spread of the coronavirus in their facilities.
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