Governor tours hospital; Bradley reports 83 cases

Posted 5/19/20

Gov. Bill Lee, Shelby County officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers toured a new 401-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients in Memphis.

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Governor tours hospital; Bradley reports 83 cases


Gov. Bill Lee, Shelby County officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers toured a new 401-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients in Memphis.

The sneak peek Monday took place at the former building of The Commercial Appeal, which has been transformed into a hospital to assist local hospitals should they exceed their bed capacity because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The alternate-care site has been set up with basic supplies, such as beds, chairs, tables and IV poles. More medical equipment will be provided if the site is activated to receive and treat COVID-19 patients. The facility has set aside 33 beds for patients that require a higher level of care, designated 22 nursing stations and built 30 storage rooms.

“Our work in Shelby County represents an effective local, state, and federal partnership effort to put in place a critical need in our COVID-19 efforts,” Lee said in a statement.

Tennessee was reporting 301 deaths from the coronavirus Monday and more than 18,000 confirmed cases. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and be life-threatening.

Life Care Center

of Athens reports

12 fatalities

All residents and staff at Life Care Center of Athens have been tested for COVID-19, with residents tested multiple times per day.

As of Monday, 72 residents have tested positive and 27 have tested negative. One resident is hospitalized; 12 residents have died.

“We remain in consistent communication with our medical director and local hospitals to ensure our residents are transferred if more acute care is needed,” a news release stated. “Our other residents are receiving care in our COVID-19 isolation area from a dedicated staff.”

So far, 49 associates tested positive for COVID-19; 29 associates have recovered and met CDC guidelines for returning to work; and 84 associates tested negative for COVID-19.

“Both the state and local health departments have been extremely supportive, and we extend our sincere thanks,” the news release stated. “We remain committed to following their guidance along with guidelines from the CDC.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the residents who have passed away as the result of COVID-19,” the news release continued. “Our facility is a family, and we’re all working together to take care of our residents and each other. We remain committed to providing quality care as we fight COVID-19.”

Bradley County

records 83

confirmed cases

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, Bradley County recorded one new case on Monday bringing the total of positive cases to 83. A total of 67 people have recovered and one individual, a patient of Tennova Healthcare from Hamilton County, has died. Bradley County has recorded 2,021 negative tests.

In Tennessee, 18,011 people have been confirmed with the coronavirus, 301 have died and 9,886 have recovered.

Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include:

• Grundy: 30 cases, 26 recoveries and 1 death;

• Hamilton: 357 cases, 139 recoveries and 14 deaths;

• Marion: 33 cases, 23 recoveries and 1 death;

• McMinn: 123 cases, 84 recoveries and 12 deaths;

• Meigs: 22 cases, 19 recoveries and 0 deaths;

• Monroe: 49 cases, 24 recoveries and 1 death;

• Polk: 14 cases, 11 recoveries and 0 deaths;

• Rhea: 10 cases, 6 recoveries and 0 deaths;

• Sequatchie: 10 cases, 6 recoveries and 0 deaths;

Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:

• Bedford: 254 cases, 188 recoveries and 4 deaths;

• Bledsoe: 607 cases, 597 recoveries and 1 death;

• Davidson: 4,066 cases, 2,390 recoveries and 44 deaths;

• Knox: 308 cases, 261 recoveries and 5 deaths;

• Lake: 404, cases, 55 recoveries;

• Madison: 163 cases, 143 recoveries and 2 deaths;

• Montgomery: 213 cases, 103 recoveries and 2 deaths;

• Putnam: 240 cases, 117 recoveries and 5 deaths;

• Rutherford: 884 cases, 313 recoveries and 19 deaths;

• Shelby: 3,846 cases, 2,441 recoveries and 87 deaths;

• Sumner: 749 cases, 356 recoveries and 41 deaths;

• Trousdale: 1,383 cases, 111 recoveries and 4 deaths;

• Williamson: 480 cases, 331 recoveries and 10 deaths; and

• Wilson: 327 cases, 200 recoveries and 8 deaths.


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