GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two residents of a Gallatin nursing home have died amid an outbreak of COVID-19 and more than 100 residents and staff members have tested positive for the virus.
Twenty-four residents were removed from the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing Friday night, one day after the nursing home revealed at least one patient had tested positive for coronavirus.
They were transferred to Sumner Regional Medical Center, where one man died– 80-year-old Homer Barr, a former fire captain.
An additional 17 residents were transported Saturday night. That’s when the state activated the National Guard to step in and test every patient in the facility, yielding an additional 59 positive cases Sunday.
Sumner Regional Medical Center announced the death of a second resident Sunday evening, as additional residents were being transported to the hospital from the facility.
The governor’s office then revealed 33 staff members had also tested positive for COVID-19. While the 59 additional residents with the coronavirus were transported to the hospital for treatment, the staff members were all isolated at home.
Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt said in a news conference Sunday that the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing did not handle the cases properly.
“You can see, that this hasn’t turned out real well, so their response has not been adequate and I’ll leave it at that,” he said, adding that the state has authority over the facility.
Mayor Holt also admitted that they are feeling an extreme strain on their healthcare system because of the nursing home outbreak, as well as at least two deaths and three positive cases at the Highland Rim Terrace Retirement Facility in Portland.
During the news conference, Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown said several of the patients would be transferred out to other hospitals including in Trousdale County and Livingston.