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COVID-19 Cases Continue Upward Trend

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

Carroll County reported 1,093 cases, 24 dead, 83 active cases, 49 hospitalized and 986 inactive/recovered. Over the last seven days, Carroll County has averaged 7.3 new cases per day and a 9.0 percent positivity rate.

Henry County reported 741 cases, 10 dead, 67 active cases, 39 hospitalized and 664 inactive/recovered. Over the last seven days, Henry County has averaged 5.6 new cases per day and a 17.6 percent positivity rate.

Weakley County reported 1,434 cases, 25 dead, 105 active cases, 33 hospitalized and 1,304 inactive/recovered. Over the last seven days, Weakley County has averaged 10.4 new cases per day and a 12.2 percent positivity rate.

According to the TDH website as of Sunday, October 18, eight long-term care facilities across Carroll, Henry and Weakley counties reported COVID-19 cases in their facilities. To be purged from the TDH list, long-term care facilities must achieve 28 days without a new case. To be eligible for visitation, the facility must achieve 14 days without a new case.

Tennessee reported 232,061 cases; 2,922 dead; 1,188 currently hospitalized; and 205,832 inactive/recovered. 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. So far in Tennessee, 4 percent or 9,618 cases have required hospitalization.

In the U.S., there are 8,128,524 total cases (7,636,803 last week) and 218,986 deaths (212,804 deaths last week), according to the World Health Organization.

Worldwide, there are more than 39,944,882 cases (37,326,080 cases last week) and 1,111,998 deaths (1,073,973 deaths last week).

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting more than 200 countries worldwide.

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 at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water; avoid touching your face; wipe down high-touch areas with disinfectant often; avoid large gatherings and 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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