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A patient and employee at Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on North Water Avenue have tested positive for COVID-19. JOSH CROSS

A Gallatin nursing home has confirmed that a patient and an employee have both tested positive for COVID-19.

Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, along with its parent company CareRite Centers, announced Thursday that one of its patients had tested positive for the virus and was being treated at a hospital. A staff member also tested positive earlier in the week but had not been at work since they first developed symptoms.

“All team members have been wearing appropriate (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) approved personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety of our patients and residents, and any patients or residents who have begun to exhibit symptoms have been isolated to ensure low-to-no risk exposure,” CareRite Centers Principal and Co-founder Mark Friedman said in an email Thursday. “We cannot stress the valuable importance of the practice of infection control, as this ensures the well-being of our patients, as well as one another.”

Currently, there are 187 patients/residents at the 438 North Water Ave. facility, according to Friedman, who said the number of individuals who have been isolated after showing symptoms was not available.

A Tennessee Department of Health spokesperson confirmed Thursday that the state was aware of the situation and had staff members in contact with the facility.

All visitation at the location was stopped March 11 and anyone entering the building has been required to wear a mask at all times, Friedman added. There is also “an ample supply” of all necessary personal protective equipment available at the location.

In his email Thursday, Friedman asked the press “not to create hysteria by shedding a dim light on the healthcare community” but instead “share that our early proactive measures have in fact prevented a further spread of this virus.”

“We continue to thank our dedicated team members for all that they are doing, and our families for supporting us as we navigate this pandemic,” he wrote. “We continue to remain positive, and we continue to go above and beyond what is recommended by regulatory bodies to ensure the health and safety of those under our care.”

In addition to Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, CareRite also operates eight other facilities across Tennessee, according to the company’s website.

Families of residents are encouraged to visit the center’s community Facebook page for update or contact 615-452-2322 with any questions.

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