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Seventh resident, fifth worker test positive for COVID-19 at Germantown nursing home

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Of the 42 employees and contract workers tested for COVID-19 so far this month at a local nursing home, five tested positive; 21 tested negative; and 16 results are still pending.

Administrators with The Village at Germantown reported on Friday to state and local public health officials that a seventh resident and fifth worker have tested positive for COVID-19.

The resident lives in the retirement community’s Healthcare unit. Six others who resided in the unit have tested positive for the disease.

Three are in the hospital being treated for COVID-19 and other conditions. Four have died.

All had been in and out of hospitals or other healthcare facilities and have serious health conditions.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our residents and their families,” said Michael K. Craft, chief executive officer of The Village. “No other residents are known or suspected to have been infected.”

“We began testing asymptomatic employees in the Healthcare departments earlier this month. We had our first positive test just reported,” Craft said. “This individual is a contracted employee who does not serve in a direct care role and presents a low risk of disease transmission to residents.”

“Of 42 employees tested so far, five tested positive. They are quarantined at their homes. To my knowledge, all are doing well and most are asymptomatic. Twenty-one employees have tested negative. We are still waiting on test results of 16 employees,” he said.

The Village, which has about 325 residents, has a Medical Director, a physician, on staff.

In addition, healthcare executives there are in consultation with an infectious disease specialist on an on-going basis and are in ongoing communication with Tennessee and Shelby County Health Departments.

There are no positive tests among residents and employees of The Village’s Memory Care, Assisted-Living or Independent Living areas.

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