Lynchburg Nursing Center not quite ready to open

This week, Governor Lee gave the green light to open Tennessee’s nursing homes to visitors on June 15 but the Lynchburg Nursing Center says they are still waiting on state guidance. {File Photo)

MOORE COUNTY Soon but not yet … that’s the update from the Lynchburg Nursing Center (LNC) when we recently asked about re-opening the facility to visitors.

This week, Governor Bill Lee gave the green light to Tennessee nursing homes to re-open to visitor on Monday, June 15 … but with a new set of guidelines. It is the meeting of those guidelines that will determine the eventual LNC opening date, according to Executive Director Cheryl Pendergrass.

Some of those are controlled by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) guidance, she said.

Prerequisites to re-open include testing of all staff and residents and no new COVID-19 cases in the previous 28 days. In these cases, LNC meets the criteria of those two but an additional benchmark, the overall stability of the disease burden present in the community, is a THD call.

Pendergrass says she and her staff are working with THD officials to determine if and when the Governor’s guidelines are met. One of those guidelines is based on the recent number of COVID-19 cases in the county, Pendergrass says.

Even when the local nursing center opens, they will still limit visitation based on state guidelines. Visitors must make an appointment and limit the duration of the visits. Visitors will be asked to wear masks and maintain appropriate social distance. All visitors will also be screened for temperature upon entering.

“We, at Lynchburg Nursing Center, will continue to work diligently to ensure that the safety and health of our residents is maintained while doing all we can to enable our residents to enjoy visits with their loved ones,” Pendergrass added. “Here at Lynchburg Nursing Center, we feel like family, and the residents and staff alike are excited about seeing loved ones again soon.”

Pendergrass says she and her staff are finalizing a re-opening plan and hope to welcome visitors as soon as possible. For more information, contact the Lynchburg Nursing Center at 931-759-6000. •

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Lynchburg Nursing Center resident tests positive for COVID-19

LYNCHBURG — According to Metro Mayor Bonnie Lewis, a resident at Lynchburg Nursing Center (LNC) has tested positive for COVID-19. That will raise Moore County’s total case count to four. Due to HIPPA privacy laws, no other patient details were available.

Life Care Centers of America owns Lynchburg Nursing Center as well as 200 other skilled nursing centers across 28 states. In early March, they announced that they’d be limiting visitors significantly due to the COVID-19 situation.

LNC removed the COVID-19 positive patient and transferred them to an area hospital for advanced medical care. All staff, residents, and their families were immediately notified.

According to Mayor Lewis, should the patient return to LNC they will stay in a prepared isolation area away from other patients for at least 14 days.

Free COVID-19 testing is available weekdays at the Moore County Health Department. To make at appointment, call 931-759-4251. The state also announced this weekend’s drive thru testing locations which include the Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center on Saturday and the Giles County Agripark on Sunday. For a full list of weekend testing sites, click here. •

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Lynchburg Nursing Center needs masks, gloves

LOCAL NEWS — On Monday, the staff of the Lynchburg Nursing Center (LNC) put out a call on social media asking the general public for donations of unused personal protective equipment (PPE) like N95 masks, surgical masks, surgical gowns, or exam gloves.

“In the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, there has been an increased need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If you or anyone you know have extra, unused and unopened N95 masks, isolation/surgical masks, isolation/surgical gowns or exam gloves (vinyl, latex or nitrile), please consider donating them to your local hospital, nursing facility or urgent care facility. Any donations will be put to great use and appreciated by health care’s frontline heroes,” they stated on their Facebook page.

On March 18, LNC made the tough decision to close the facility to visitors, non-essential employees, and vendors. They also stopped all group activities and communal dining temporarily. Despite this decision, the staff is still working hard to connect patients with their friends and families through mail, telephone, video calls, and other technology.

To contact them about a PPE donation, call 759-6000. LNC is located at 40 Nursing Home Road on Highway 55 across from Moore County High School. You can also learn more by visiting their Facebook page or website. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}