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Tennessee Dept. of Health reports 63 new COVID-19 deaths in East Tennessee nursing homes

TDH said of the 18,343 total residents who contracted COVID-19, 2,427 of them -- or 13.2% -- died.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE (February 1, 2021):

COVID-19 continues to claim lives across the state as health care workers rush to administer vaccines to the most vulnerable Tennesseans to protect them.  

The Tennessee Department of Health on Monday confirmed 593 total COVID-19 clusters at long-term care facilities across the state. TDH said of the 18,343 total residents who contracted COVID-19, 2,427 of them -- or 13.2% -- died.

14,471 staff members at those facilities also tested positive for COVID-19.

In the period between January 22 and 29, 63 residents died at 19 different living facilities across East Tennessee.

One facility, NHC Healthcare Knoxville, reported 17 new resident deaths in this period. These appear to be residents who contracted the virus weeks ago, as January 14 was the last time this facility reported a new COVID-19 case. 

Nearly half of the facilities that have reported clusters have now gone close to two weeks without reporting a new COVID-19 case.

Updated statistics for East Tennessee long-term care facilities are listed below:

Commonwealth Senior Living at Oak Ridge (Anderson Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 3 (+2)
  • Resident Cases: 22
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 11, 2021

Diversicare of Oak Ridge (Anderson Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 10 (+1)
  • Resident Cases: 79
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 12, 2021

The Waters of Clinton (Anderson Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 12 (+3)
  • Resident Cases: 54
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 19, 2021

Claiborne Health and Rehabilitation Center (Claiborne Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 13 (+2)
  • Resident Cases: 47
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 21, 2021

Diversicare of Claiborne (Claiborne Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 2 (+2)
  • Resident Cases: 97
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 26, 2021

Tri-State Health and Rehabilitation Center (Claiborne Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 3 (+1)
  • Resident Cases: 47 
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 14, 2021

Good Samaritan Society-Fairfield Glade (Cumberland Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 3 (+3)
  • Resident Cases: 18
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 21, 2021

Regency Retirement Village (Hamblen Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 7 (+1)
  • Resident Cases: 45
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 6, 2021

The Heritage Center (Hamblen Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 29 (+5)
  • Resident Cases: 108
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 18, 2021

Life Care Center of Jefferson City (Jefferson County)

  • Resident Deaths: 11 (+7)
  • Resident Cases:  66
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 27, 2021

Autumn Care II, LLC (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 3 (+1)
  • Resident Cases: 26
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 23, 2021

Beehive Homes of Powell (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 5 (+2)
  • Resident Cases: 12
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 4, 2021

NHC Healthcare, Knoxville (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 19 (+17)
  • Resident Cases: 84
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 14, 2021

Oakwood Senior Living (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 4 (+4)
  • Resident Cases: 11
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 21, 2021

Lakewood Place (Loudon Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 2 (+1)
  • Resident Cases: 20
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 11, 2021

River Grove Health and Rehabilitation (Loudon Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 6 (+2)
  • Resident Cases: 103
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 22, 2021

Oneida Nursing & Rehab Center (Scott Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 4 (+3)
  • Resident Cases: 23
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 21, 2021

MountainBrook Assisted Living, LLC (Sevier Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Resident Cases: 23
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 21, 2021

Sevierville Health and Rehabilitation Center (Sevier Co.)

  • Resident Deaths: 6 (+5)
  • Resident Cases: 39
  • Most recent reported COVID-19 positive: Jan. 24, 2021

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UPDATE (Jan. 2, 2021): 

In total, the Tennessee Department of Health has now confirmed clusters at 560 long-term care facilities in the state.

Per TDH, there have been 15,088 residents with COVID-19 and 1,900 (12.6%) of them have died. There have been 12,198 staff members diagnosed with COVID-19, but the department does not report deaths for them.

Updated statistics for East Tennessee long-term care facilities are listed below:

Diversicare of Oak Ridge (Anderson Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 78 (+1)
  • Resident Deaths: 8 (+5)
  • Staff Cases: 32 (+1)

NHC Healthcare, Oak Ridge (Anderson Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 62 (+9)
  • Resident Deaths: 11 (+2)
  • Staff Cases: 81 (+1)

Summit View of Rocky Top (Anderson Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 72 (+2)
  • Resident Deaths: 8 (+3)
  • Staff Cases: 40 (no change) 

The Courtyards Senior Living Briarcliff (Anderson Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 17 (+5)
  • Resident Deaths: 3 (+3)
  • Staff Cases: 10 (no change)

Blount Memorial Transitional Care Center (Blount Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 10 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 2 (+2)
  • Staff Cases: 16 (+2)

Brookdale Sandy Springs (Blount Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 26 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 3 (+2)
  • Staff Cases: 7 (no change)

Fairpark Health and Rehabilitation (Blount Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 68 (-4)
  • Resident Deaths: 2 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 43 (no change)

Tennova Newport Convalescent Center (Cocke Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 35 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 8 (+4)
  • Staff Cases: 22 (+2)

Life Care Center of Morristown (Hamblen Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 80 (+12)
  • Resident Deaths: 4 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 48 (+4)

Regency Retirement Village (Hamblen Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 43 (+9)
  • Resident Deaths: 2 (+2)
  • Staff Cases: 37 (+10)

The Heritage Center (Hamblen Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 96 (+24)
  • Resident Deaths: 20 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 80 (+13)

Jefferson Park at Dandridge (Jefferson Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 78 (+3)
  • Resident Deaths: 20 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 71 (+1)

Arbor Terrace of Knoxville (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 42 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 14 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 37 (no change)

Elmcroft of Halls (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 12 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 2 (+2)

Maple Court (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 28 (+26)
  • Resident Deaths: 13 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 9 (+1)

West Hills Health and Rehab (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 34 (+4)
  • Resident Deaths: 5 (+4)
  • Staff Cases: 16 (+5)

River Grove Health and Rehabilitation (Loudon Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 99 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 4 (+3)
  • Staff Cases: 77 (+1)

Jamestowne Assisted Living (Roane Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 18 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 2 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 7 (no change)

Victorian Square Assisted Living (Roane Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 25 (+13)
  • Resident Deaths: 4 (+2)
  • Staff Cases: 19 (+5)

Hunstville Health & Rehabilitation (Scott Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 78 (+3)
  • Resident Deaths: 9 (+2)
  • Staff Cases: 45 (no change)

Pigeon Forge Care & Rehabilitation Center (Sevier Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 42 (+2)
  • Resident Deaths: 7 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 29 (+1)

Sevierville Health and Rehabilitation Center (Sevier Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 23 (+9)
  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 9 (+3)

Willow Ridge Center (Union Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 59 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 6 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 36 (no change)

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UPDATE (Dec. 26): 

In total, the Tennessee Department of Health has now confirmed clusters at 555 long-term care facilities in the state. 

Per TDH, there have been 14,147 residents with COVID-19 and 1,781 of them (12.6%) have died. There have been 11,484 staff members diagnosed with COVID-19, but the department does not report deaths for them.

Updated statistics for East Tennessee long-term care facilities are listed below:

Summit View of Rocky Top (Anderson Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 70 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 5 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 40 (+9)

Asbury Place at Maryville (Blount Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 75 (+4)
  • Resident Deaths: 13 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 70 (+5)

Brookdale Sandy Springs (Blount Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 26 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 7 (+1)

Fairpark Health and Rehabilitation (Blount Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 72 (+2)
  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 43 (+3)

Foothills Transitional Care and Rehabilitation (Blount Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 68 (+1)
  • Resident Deaths: 7 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 33 (no change)

Beech Tree Health and Rehabilitation (Campbell Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 64 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 8 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 38 (+2)

Jefferson Park at Dandridge (Jefferson Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 75 (no change)
  • Resident Deaths: 19 (+3)
  • Staff Cases: 70 (+4)

Maple Court (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 26 (+1)
  • Resident Deaths: 12 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 8 (no change)

NHC Healthcare, Knoxville (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 39 (+25)
  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 14 (+4)

Senator Ben Atchley State Veterans Home (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 19 (+4)
  • Resident Deaths: 4 (+3)
  • Staff Cases: 17 (+3)

Summit View of Farragut, LLC (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 3 (+3)
  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 5 (+3)

West Hills Health and Rehab (Knox Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 30 (+4)
  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 11 (+1)

*Note: These numbers do not include the previous cluster reported at West Hills Health and Rehab.

The Neighborhood at Tellico Village (Loudon Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 40 (+4)
  • Resident Deaths: 4 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 16 (+1)

Life Care Center of Morgan County (Morgan Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 9 (+4)
  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 6 (+1)

Jamestowne Assisted Living (Roane Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 18 (+1)
  • Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 7 (no change)

Hunstville Health & Rehabilitation (Scott Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 75 (+4)
  • Resident Deaths: 7 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 45 (+7)

Brookdale Sevierville (Sevier Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 15 (+3)
  • Resident Deaths: 3 (+2)
  • Staff Cases: 11 (+3)

Willow Ridge Center (Union Co.)

  • Resident Cases: 59 (+7)
  • Resident Deaths: 5 (+1)
  • Staff Cases: 36 (+8)

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UPDATE (12/18) Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed clusters at 548 long-term care facilities in the state. 

According to TDH, there have been 13,412 residents diagnosed with COVID-19. About 13 percent — 1,700 people — have died from it.

There have been 10,950 staff members diagnosed with COVID-19. 

TDH has reported 44 deaths in East Tennessee nursing homes since December 11.

Diversicare of Oak Ridge (Anderson Co.)
Resident Cases: 72 (+33)
Resident Deaths: 3 (+2)
Staff Cases: 27 (+14)

Summit View of Rocky Top (Anderson Co.)
Resident Cases: 70 (+26)
Resident Deaths: 4 (+2)
Staff Cases: 31 (+9)

Asbury Place at Maryville (Blount Co.)
Resident Cases: 71 (+16)
Resident Deaths: 12 (+2)
Staff Cases: 65 (+9)

Foothills Transitional Care and Rehabilitation (Blount Co.)
Resident Cases: 67 (+0)
Resident Deaths: 6 (+1)
Staff Cases: 33 (+1)

Tennova Newport Convalescent Center (Cocke Co.)
Resident Cases: 32 (+19)
Resident Deaths: 4 (+4)
Staff Cases: 18 (+4)

Life Care Center of Morristown (Hamblen Co.)
Resident Cases: 52 (+6)
Resident Deaths: 3 (+1)
Staff Cases: 29 (+1)

Jefferson Park at Dandridge (Jefferson Co.)
Resident Cases: 75 (+2)
Resident Deaths: 16 (+5)
Staff Cases: 66 (+4)

Arbor Terrace of Knoxville (Knox Co.)
Resident Cases: 42 (+1)
Resident Deaths: 13 (+1)
Staff Cases: 37 (+1)

Deane Hill Place (Knox Co.)
Resident Cases: 13 (+2)
Resident Deaths: 6 (+1)
Staff Cases: 7 (+1)

Maple Court (Knox Co.)
Resident Cases: 25 (+3)
Resident Deaths: 11 (+4)
Staff Cases: 8 (+0)

Morning Pointe of Powell (Knox Co.)
Resident Cases: 8 (+8)
Resident Deaths: 4 (+1)
Staff Cases: 6 (+1)

NHC HealthCare Farragut (Knox Co.)
Resident Cases: 57 (+19)
Resident Deaths: 11 (+3)
Staff Cases: 52 (-2)

River Grove Health and Rehabilitation (Loudon Co.)
Resident Cases: 87 (+23)
Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
Staff Cases: 67 (+26)

River Oaks Place (Loudon Co.)
Resident Cases: 10 (+10)
Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
Staff Cases: 11 (+11)

The Neighborhood at Tellico Village (Loudon Co.)
Resident Cases: 36 (+6)
Resident Deaths: 3 (+2)
Staff Cases: 15 (+0)

Signature Healthcare of Rockwood Rehab & Wellness Center (Roane Co.)
Resident Cases: 87 (-10)
Resident Deaths: 6 (+5)
Staff Cases: 52 (+10)

Hunstville Health & Rehabilitation (Scott Co.)
Resident Cases: 71 (+2)
Resident Deaths: 6 (+4)
Staff Cases: 38 (+4)

Willow Ridge Center (Union Co.)
Resident Cases: 52 (+1)
Resident Deaths: 4 (+4)
Staff Cases: 28 (+13)

UPDATE (12/11) Tennesse Department of Health has confirmed clusters at 535 long-term care facilities in the state. 

According to TDH, there have been 12,155 residents with COVID-19, and 1,556 (or 12.8%) of them have died.

There have been 10,031 staff members diagnosed with COVID-19. 

TDH has reported 45 deaths in East Tennessee nursing homes since December 4.

UPDATE (11/20): 19 more residents of long-term care facilities in East Tennessee have died, meaning at least 54 residents in East Tennessee have died in the past three weeks. 

The latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health shows hundreds of new cases reported between residents and staff of long-term care facilities in the area.

In the largest facilities, 282 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Knox, Blount, Anderson, Scott, Sevier, Monroe, Roane and Jefferson counties. Of those, 184 were residents.

Some of the outbreaks have greatly worsened in the past week. 

Signature Healthcare of Rockwood reported 55 new resident cases and 29 staff cases this week, having only 20 cases total the week prior. Huntsville Health and Rehabilitation in Scott County reported 34 new resident COVID-19 cases and 12 positive staff after having only 21 cases reported the week prior. 

Original Story:

Tennessee's long-term care facilities are dealing with unprecedented outbreaks of COVID-19 that have claimed the lives of 35 residents in East Tennessee alone in the past two weeks.

The Tennessee Department of Health's latest report on confirmed COVID-19 clusters in long-term care facilities in the state show that there have been 8,186 residents total infected with COVID-19, and 1,119 of them have died. That means nearly 14% of residents have died after contracting the virus.

There have been 7,141 staff members also diagnosed with COVID-19, however, TDH does not report staff deaths. 

New resident deaths and cases have been reported in assisted care facilities in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Fentress, Grainger, Hamblen, Knox, and Monroe counties. Below is a list of the facilities and the changes reported in the past two weeks: 

NHC Healthcare, Oak Ridge (Anderson)

Resident Cases: 50 (+43 in two weeks)

Resident Deaths: 4 (+4 in two weeks)
Staff Cases: 66 (+29 in two weeks)

Asbury Place at Maryville (Blount)

Resident Cases: 25 (+14)

Resident Deaths: 3 (+2)
Staff Cases: 29 (+9)

Beech Tree Health and Rehabilitation (Campbell)

Resident Cases: 57 (no change)

Resident Deaths: 7 (+2)
Staff Cases: 26 (+2)

Signature Healthcare of Fentress County (Fentress)

Resident Cases: 51 (+6)

Resident Deaths: 6 (no change)
Staff Cases: 62 (+10)

Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care (Grainger)

Resident Cases: 93 (+13)

Resident Deaths: 9 (+9)
Staff Cases: 48 (+19)

The Heritage Center (Hamblen)

Resident Cases: 66 (no change)

Resident Deaths: 19 (+1)
Staff Cases: 56 (+4)

Arbor Terrace of Knoxville (Knox)

Resident Cases: 38 (+29)

Resident Deaths: 4 (+4)
Staff Cases: 29 (+25)

Beverly Park Place Health and Rehab (Knox)

Resident Cases: 26 (+1)

Resident Deaths: 2 (+1)
Staff Cases: 32 (no change)

Holston Health and Rehabilitation Center (Knox)

Resident Cases: 2 (+2)

Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
Staff Cases: 1 (+1)

Morning Pointe of Powell (Knox)

Resident Cases: 8 (no change)

Resident Deaths: 3 (+3)
Staff Cases: 4 (+1)

NHC Place, Cavette Hill (Knox)

Resident Cases: 10 (+4)

Resident Deaths: 1 (+1)
Staff Cases: 4 (+1)

Madisonville Health and Rehab Center (Monroe)

Resident Cases: 31 (no change)

Resident Deaths: 4 (+4)
Staff Cases: 15 (+2)

Sweetwater Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Monroe)

Resident Cases: 40 (-1)

Resident Deaths: 11 (+3)
Staff Cases: 18 (no change)

Health officials continue to urge people to take measures such as wearing a mask and not gathering in groups to prevent the public spread of the virus, as the more the virus multiplies, the greater the chance it will eventually find its way to high-risk patients, long-term care facility staff and residents, despite best efforts internally to prevent that. 

As of Friday, 21 people in East Tennessee had died within the past day from COVID-19, which impacted nearly every county. Knox County reported 3 new COVID-19 deaths the same day. The state reported 64 new deaths in total, which is the fourth-highest single-day change. 

Current hospitalizations in the state have hit all-time highs as of Friday with at least 1,792 people currently hospitalized. Active COVID-19 cases continue to trend up, and Tennessee saw its third-highest level of 3,733 new cases Friday.