NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Department of Health is releasing new COVID-19 case counts for nursing homes across the state, showing a nearly 200 case jump in one week.
There have been 16 deaths alone this week, including three deaths at the Elmcroft of Lebanon.
Earlier this week, Governor Bill Lee announced plans to test all nursing home patients and staff across roughly 700 nursing homes in the state.
State numbers show 669 total nursing home cases, in addition to 60 deaths.
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.
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