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Two Springfield Heights residents have died of COVID-19. The facility has 21 cases as of Friday, May 22. 

Two Springfield Heights residents have died of COVID-19, the Tennessee Department of Health reported Friday afternoon.

One victim was in hospice at the facility while the other was receiving treatment at a nearby hospital, according to a statement released by Americare Senior Living.

Springfield Heights has continued to care for 14 residents in-house who tested positive for COVID-19, but each of them are asymptomatic. Nine employees have tested positive and remain off work. 

Springfield Heights has received help from two NorthCrest Medical Center staffers and seven Americare workers to assist with resident care and food service while its sick employees recover from the virus.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of two residents,” said Americare Senior Living spokesperson Patricia Cokingtin. “We are thankful for the assistance being given by NorthCrest Hospital and our Americare staff from the region during this difficult time. We continue to do everything we can to ensure we stop the spread of this within our facility and are thankful that all residents are symptom free.”

The assisted living facility had 18 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 13 residents and five staff members, as of last week. That total jumped to 21 cases and two fatalities when the Dept. of Health released its weekly long-term care facility report on Friday. 

All Springfield Heights residents are on in-room quarantine and those who have tested positive are being cared for in a separate hall from the healthy residents. Residents are checked for symptoms every four hours during the day, and all staff members are wearing N95 masks while in the building and gloves while in resident rooms. 

Neither death immediately appeared under Robertson County’s totals on Friday afternoon. The Dept. of Health currently lists 335 COVID-19 cases, 188 recoveries and zero deaths in the county. 

Springfield Heights is one of 60 long-term care facilities across Tennessee that has reported at least one coronavirus case. The state is in the process of mass testing all nursing home residents and staff to “ensure that our most vulnerable populations are protected and closely monitored for illness,” Tennessee Dept. of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey wrote in a letter to nursing home administrators on May 1.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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