Rutledge facility reports 91 of 96 residents test positive for COVID

A Grainger County long-term care facility is the latest such facility in the Lakeway Area to suffer an outbreak of COVID-19 after 95% of its residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care in Rutledge has seen 91 of its 96 residents test positive and two residents have died, facility officials said.

Four residents are currently in the hospital.

“We continue to work in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health and the county health department and the local health department and will follow the guidance they provide,” said Jennifer Henderson, executive director of Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care.

Henderson said 35 staff members have also tested positive for the virus and 12 of those employees have returned to work.

Ridgeview Terrace is one of several other long-term care facilities in the Lakeway Area to see an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Heritage Center in Morristown saw 16 residents and a staff member die from the novel coronavirus and a total of 66 residents and 51 staff members test positive. The long-term care facility is now considered recovered.

Jefferson County Health & Rehabilitation Center saw 86 of its 123 residents test positive for COVID-19 and 73 of its staff members. Nine residents died from that outbreak, state records show.

The last confirmed case of COVID-19 at the facility was on Oct. 13.

Henderson said the facility is following all guidelines to try to battle the virus.

“We have been and will continue to follow all CMS, CDC and state and local health department guidelines concerning COVID-19,” she said. “These guidelines include restrictions on the entrance of visitors, family members and vendors. Signage with information on COVID-19 and details about these restrictions is posted on our doors.”

She said the facility values the help of families and the community.

“We appreciate their continued support, as well as the support of the Rutledge community,” Henderson said.