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Tallahassee Development Center 'crushed' after resident dies from COVID-19

Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 17:17:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A resident at Tallahassee Developmental Center is dead after testing positive for the coronavirus.

On Friday, the long-term health care facility confirmed that the 62-year-old man died overnight.

The 62-year-old is Leon County's first confirmed COVID-19 related death.

The health center says they are doing everything possible to contain the spread of the virus in their facility.

Bill Fuller, the spokesperson for Tallahassee Development Center, said there are approximately 24 residents who have tested positive and are doing well.

11 residents are hospitalized, 12 others tested negative and are currently separated from COVID-19 patients. Fourteen more negative patients are at Pyramid Studios, temporarily.

Now, Fuller says, people working and living at TDC are coping with the loss.

“He had been with us six years, and had a lot of health issues," said Fuller. "We’re just crushed that he died.”

The facility says they have been following all guidelines from the CDC and Agency for Healthcare Administration from the beginning of the pandemic, and will continue to do so.

The center says no one except qualified personnel have been able to enter the building since March 18, and staff temperatures are taken every day before entering.