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Area’s COVID-19 Cases Continue To Increase

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NASHVILLE (October 11) — The Tennessee Department of Health released the following data concerning Carroll, Henry and Weakley counties for October 11, 2020 as it relates to COVID-19.

In this week’s issue of The Banner are the obituaries of at least three area citizens who died of COVID-19 exposure. The obituaries do not list the cause of death, however, The Banner was alerted the three died from the disease. Last week’s Banner had at least one. Steve Forester died from the virus last week. Forester’s obituary was featured on CNN and in the Washington Post because it was randomly selected as a patient who did not survive the virus in the same week President Donald Trump contracted and survived the virus.

Locally, Carroll County reported 1,043 total cases in 2020 (992 one week earlier), 24 dead in the year 2020 (21 last week) and 116 active cases (132 last week).

Henry County reported 692 total cases in 2020 (666 last week), 13 deaths in the year 2020 (10 last week), and 81 active cases (45 last week).

Weakley County reported 1,358 total cases in 2020 (1,288 last week); 23 deaths in 2020 (21 last week) and 123 active cases (139 last week).

Tennessee reported 214,717 total cases (203,699 last week) and 2,767 deaths (2,597 last week). Overall, Tennessee has one percent death rate of those who contracted the virus. Some 211,950, who contracted the disease, did not die, but sustained various levels of symptoms.

The worldwide pandemic is affecting more than 200 countries.

In the U.S., there are 7,636,803 total cases in 2020 (7,396,730 last week) and 212,804 deaths in 2020 (209,199 last week), according to the World Health Organization. Worldwide, there are more than 37,326,080 cases in 2020 (35,000,000 last week) and 1,073,973 deaths in 2020 (1,035,340 last week).

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 patients can suffer a wide variety of symptoms, the most common are: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include: fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. A recent CDC study of patients aged 18-34 years revealed that 1 in 5 previously healthy young adults weren’t back to usual health in 14 to 21 days after testing positive.

State and health officials urge citizens to wear face coverings in public places; keep 6-feet distance from others; wash your hands for 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water; don’t touch your face — especially after touching potentially infected surfaces; wipe down high-touch areas with disinfectant often; and avoid heavily congested public places whenever possible.

On December 31, 2019 China reported a mysterious pneumonia to World Health Organization officials. The mysterious disease was identified as a coronavirus on January 7, named Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on February 11 and declared a pandemic (meaning worldwide spread) on March 11, 2020. Tennessee reported its first case on March 5, 2020.

For more information, go to https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

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