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NASHVILLE (July 29) — Tennessee hit a milestone today, over 100,000 cases and 1,000 dead as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a respiratory pathogen that has been ravaging the global for nearly eight months now. As the case count surges, predictions of a sudden cease fire from this pathogen on November 3, 2020 seem more unlikely every day.
One month ago, on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Tennessee had 45,315 cases of COVID-19, 609 dead from the disease, and 2,715 hospitalized. On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, there were 100,822 cases in the state, 1,020 dead, and 4,482 hospitalized. In four weeks, that’s a difference of 55,507 cases, 411 more Tennesseans dead, and 1,767 more hospitalized. Just in the last 7 days, Tennessee has tacked on 16,405 positive cases, 132 have died, and 575 more were hospitalized.
In Carroll County one month ago, there were 39 cases, Wednesday there were 154 cases, with two deaths. Of the 154 total cases in Carroll County, 97 are active (infected and contagious right now). Carroll has reported 64 new cases in the last seven days.
In Weakley County one month ago, there were 61 cases, Wednesday there were 182, with two deaths. Right now, there are 108 active cases in Weakley County. Weakley has reported 73 new cases in the last seven days.
A confined facility in Dresden reported four positive residents and two positive staff, one resident died and three recovered. A confined facility in Martin reported two residents and two staff with COVID-19, both residents have recovered.
In Henry County one month ago, there were 42 cases, Wednesday there were 151 with one death. Of the 151 cases, 92 are active right now. Henry County has reported 76 new cases in the last seven days.
A confined facility in Henry County reported two residents and six staff that tested positive; according to the Tennessee Department of Health website, both residents have recovered.
As of Wednesday, In the United States, 4,339,997 cases have been reported with 148,866 deaths. Globally, 16,558,289 cases have been reported since December 31, 2019, and 656,093 have died from the disease.
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.
Some places require guests to wear face coverings while in their facility.
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.
It may seem like just numbers, but behind those numbers, are real people struggling to breathe and missing their loved ones. The pandemic has affected every person on the planet in some way: financially, economically, physically or emotionally. The only way to end it is to work together. Please protect yourself and stay well.
For more information, go to https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html