Life Care Athens reports residents are now free of COVID-19 after 14 deaths

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Life Care Center of Athens is seen on Monday, May 4, 2020 in Athens, Tenn.

Residents of Life Care Center of Athens, Tennessee, where 14 people have died over the past several months due to COVID-19, are now free from the coronavirus, according to the facility.

Jeffrey Ricks, the center's executive director, said on Monday that 65 residents who previously tested positive for the coronavirus have met Centers for Disease Control and health department guidelines for recovery and no longer require isolation precautions.

Meanwhile, the status of three workers at the center who previously tested positive are pending, he said in a statement.

"They are currently not working and will not return to work until meeting the strict health department and CDC guidelines for doing so," Ricks said.

He said that 49 associates who previously tested positive have recovered and returned to work, also after meeting the guidelines.

Ricks said that 14 residents remain negative for COVID-19.