A total of 21 residents and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at The Groves at Oak Ridge, and two residents have died, an executive said Wednesday.
“Our thoughts and prayers go to their loved ones,” said Hollie Bailey, a registered nurse and regional director of operations and clinical services for Navion Senior Solutions. The Groves, an assisted living center on Emory Valley Road, is part of Navion Senior Solutions.
Bailey said 19 of the 21 residents have recovered from COVID-19, and three were set to be discharged from a hospital this week for physical therapy and strengthening before returning to The Groves.
The two staff members who tested positive have both recovered, Bailey said.
The Groves did not identify the first resident who died, but the family of Joe Lenhard, a former U.S. Department of Energy executive, reported that Lenhard lived at the Groves and died of COVID-19 on Friday, July 17. Lenhard’s death was the third in Anderson County due to COVID-19. Since then, there have been three more deaths in the county for a total of six.
The second Groves resident who died has not been publicly identified.
The Tennessee Department of Health has identified The Groves as one of the long-term care centers that has a COVID-19 cluster. A cluster can include two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among residents and staff members.
The state health department has identified three other clusters in Anderson County, all at nursing homes: NHC HealthCare in Oak Ridge, The Waters of Clinton, and Summit View of Rocky Top.
See previous story about The Groves here.