Eight employees at Life Care of Copper Basin have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement by the Cleveland-based long-term nursing provider on Friday.
The statement was released by Josh Lee, who is the executive director of the facility located in Polk County.
“We have had eight associates test positive for COVID-19 during weekly associate testing, with 85 associates testing negative,” Lee said. "We did our most recent weekly testing on July 21 and 22 and are waiting for the results.”
After receiving positive associate test results, Lee said residents were tested for COVID-19.
“On July 15, we tested our residents and 21 residents tested positive,” Lee said. “We have established a COVID unit in our building to separate our positive residents from our negative residents.”
On July 22, residents who had tested negative on July 15, were re-tested and are awaiting the results.
Lee said the majority of the facility’s positive residents are asymptomatic.
Two residents who tested positive are currently hospitalized.
Seven employees are recovering at home as directed by Centers for Disease control guidelines.
“The first associate to test positive has met the CDC’s strict guidelines for returning to work and has come back to serve our residents,” Lee said.
Lee said Life Care Center of Copper Basin “is, and always has been, committed to providing high-quality resident care.”
He said the company is continuing to communicate with its residents, their families and its associates regarding testing and results.
“We have been and will continue to follow all CMS, CDC and state and local health department guidelines concerning COVID-19,” Lee said.
Earlier this month, two Life Care Center of Cleveland employees tested positive for COVID-19. Both were recovering at home at the time of the announcement, according to Life Care officials.
No residents were infected.
In April, another cluster of cases sickened dozens of workers and residents at the company's Athens facility, resulting in the deaths of 14 residents.
As of Saturday, 93 individuals in Polk County have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, resulting in 50 recoveries. Currently, there are 43 active cases.
To date, there have been no fatalities in Polk County.
As of Saturday, the COVID-19 case count for Tennessee was 90,796, including 964 deaths, 4,196 hospitalizations and 53,808 recoveries, according to the Tennessee Department of Health's daily report.
The first case in Tennessee was reported by the TDH on March 5.
In Bradley County, the TDH reported that 1,390 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in 920 recoveries and nine deaths. Currently, there are 461 active cases.
The first case in Bradley County was reported by the Bradley County Health Department on March 20.
Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include:
• Grundy: 78 cases, 62 recoveries and 2 deaths;
• Hamilton: 4,900 cases, 3,011 recoveries and 43 deaths;
• Marion: 153 cases, 83 recoveries and 4 deaths;
• McMinn: 413 cases, 249 recoveries and 20 deaths;
• Meigs: 66 cases, 33 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Monroe: 252 cases, 144 recoveries and 7 deaths;
• Polk: 93 cases, 50 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Rhea: 434 cases, 308 recoveries and 1 deaths; and
• Sequatchie: 72 cases, 45 recoveries and 0 deaths.
Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:
• Bedford: 741 cases, 561 recoveries and 10 deaths;
• Bledsoe: 647 cases, 628 recoveries and 1 death;
• Davidson: 17,493 cases, 11,850 recoveries and 186 deaths;
• Knox: 2,959 cases, 1,295 recoveries and 23 deaths;
• Lake: 706 cases, 693 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Montgomery: 1,350 cases, 499 recoveries and 9 deaths;
• Putnam: 1,349 cases, 934 recoveries and 11 deaths;
• Robertson: 1,236 cases, 712 recoveries and 16 deaths;
• Rutherford: 5,202 cases, 2,484 recoveries and 47 deaths;
• Shelby: 17,944 cases, 12,927 recoveries and 265 deaths;
• Sumner: 2,833 cases, 1,238 recoveries and 67 deaths;
• Trousdale: 1,559 cases, 1,464 recoveries and 6 deaths;
• Williamson: 2,812 cases, 1,317 recoveries and 21 deaths; and
• Wilson: 1,790 cases, 945 recoveries and 21 deaths.
According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Sunday, more than 4.1 million individuals in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, with 146,073 deaths and more than 1.2 million recoveries.
Globally, more than 15.8 million individuals have tested positive, resulting in 641,273 deaths and more than 9.4 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins.