17 people test positive for coronavirus at Nashville nursing home


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nearly 300 people have now been tested after an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, according to the head of the Metro coronavirus task force.

During a Thursday morning news briefing, Dr. Alex Jahangir said the Metro Public Health Department was alerted earlier this week that 17 people at the nursing home had tested positive for the virus.

Contract tracing immediately began and approximately 300 people were tested for COVID-19 as a result, Jahangir added.

The doctor did not indicate if all 17 people were residents or if the number included staff members.

Shortly after Dr. Jahangir’s announcement, the Administrator of the Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing released the following statement:

In partnership with the Metro Health Department and Tennessee Department of Health, our patients and employees at the Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing were tested for COVID-19 on April 22, 2020. We expect higher numbers of reported COVID-19 cases as a result of the testing, which is a common outcome across the city, state and country as testing capabilities increase. The safety and well-being of our patients and staff are our community’s top priority, and we will take the appropriate measures in coordination with local and state health officials to respond to the information we receive from testing in keeping patients, family members, and employees safe.

We will continue to work alongside the city and state, and collectively protect the patients, staff, and families affected by this virus by not releasing HIPAA protected information.

We continue to remain positive, and we continue to do our part to go above and beyond what is recommended by regulatory bodies to ensure the health and safety for those under our care.

Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing is operated by CareRite, the same company that operates the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, where 21 residents have died since an outbreak at the facility one month ago.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and for updates.

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(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST for every county other than Davidson. Information for Davidson comes from the Metro Public Health Department.)

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