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Three residents at the Oakview Health and Rehabilitation nursing home in Summerville, Georgia, have died from COVID-19, and nearly 100 residents have tested positive for the virus.

Of the 98 who were infected, 72 residents have recovered, according to Monday's long-term-care facility report from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 at Oakview was reported on July 18, when an employee tested positive.

More than a month later, 34 residents tested positive on Aug. 25.

As of Monday afternoon, 46 employees had tested positive. The state reports that 158 tests have been administered in the facility that now has 106 residents.

Reno Lambert, director of Oakview Health and Rehab, did not return a call seeking comment on Monday morning and referred a reporter to the facility's website, which tracks COVID-19 cases.

Before the outbreak at Oakview Health and Rehab, Chattooga County had largely avoided nursing home outbreaks, while surrounding counties in Northwest Georgia suffered.

Chattooga County set a record for new cases in a day with 41 on Aug. 25. Nearly all of those came from Oakview, records show. At the end of August, the county was averaging 18 new cases per day over a seven-day period but cases since have dropped significantly.

Chattooga County now has reported 680 cases, 108 of those in the past two weeks. Seven people in the county have died from the coronavirus.

In Whitfield County, seven residents have died and 47 residents and 25 staff members tested positive at Ridgewood Manor in July.

Across the county line, 80 residents at PruittHealth in Fort Oglethorpe have tested positive for COVID-19, and 10 people have died. Of the 80, 69 have recovered.

Ten residents died at the NHC nursing home in Rossville after 60 residents tested positive. Another 10 residents died at the PruittHealth nursing home in Fort Oglethorpe.

Across Georgia, deaths in nursing homes and similar long-term-care facilities, at 2,389, make up more than 37% of the state's total deaths, 6,353.

Contact Patrick Filbin at pfilbin@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.

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