Patients evacuated from Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing


GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — Ambulances worked to move patients from the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, following positive COVID-19 cases within the facility.

Thursday, the center announced the positive cases but did not go into detail with how many. Ambulances from several counties were on the scene Friday night, working to move patients to Sumner Regional Medical Center.

In a Facebook post, the medical center said they had mobilized their emergency response team, which will work to increase capacity across the HighPoint Health System, incase they saw an increase in critically ill patients.

Sumner Regional Medical Center said they were already treating COVID-19 patients and their critical care team would prepare additional isolation units.

The Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing responded to the evacuation with a statement saying in part,

‘We are working with local governing bodies and officials to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients and staff as we fight this virus. Staff are screened multiple times a shift, wear personal protective equipment (PPE), and do not report to duty if unwell. “

To read the full statement, click on the link below for more.

News 2 will continue to update you as more details become available.

COVID-19 in Tennessee

(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )

Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

The CDC recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.

High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.

The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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