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The Life Care Centers of America senior living facility in Athens, Tennessee, on Thursday reported that the number of employees with COVID-19 has risen to 29.

Along with the 58 residents who've tested positive, that puts the total number to date at 87, according to the Cleveland, Tennessee-based company.

The company reported that 66 employees and 37 residents have tested negative for COVID-19 at the Athens facility.

Two residents have died, and two more are hospitalized, said Jeffrey Ricks, the center's executive director, on Wednesday.

He said that if associates test positive, they are only allowed to return to work when CDC guidelines to do so are met.

"Our facility is a family, and we're all working together to take care of our residents and each other," Ricks said in a statement.

(READ MORE: Gov. Lee: Push on to test all 700 nursing Tennessee homes after COVID-19 outbreaks in Athens, Gallatin)

 

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