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COVID-19 Death Toll, Cases Continue to Rise

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NASHVILLE (November 29) — December is here and so is cold/flu season. Now, more than ever, it is important to be vigilant in preventative practices to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) released the following numbers on Sunday regarding COVID-19 in Carroll, Henry and Weakley counties. The message from state officials: Take precautions, get tested, avoid large gatherings, please keep your distance and wear your mask.

Carroll County has 1,764 total cases (+136 since last week), 34 deaths (+2 since last week), 54 hospitalized (+0 since last week), 232 active cases (–40 since last week) and 1,498 recovered (+174 since last week).

Over the last seven days in Carroll County, the average percent positive was 24.2 percent, previously it was 20.7 percent. During the last 14 days the county averaged 23.2 new cases per day; 14 days prior the average was 18.8.

Henry County has 1,543 total cases (+128 since last week), 19 deaths (+2 since last week), 44 hospitalizations (+1 since last week), 216 active cases (+80 since last week) and 1,308 recovered (+230 since last week).

Over the last seven days in Henry County, the average percent positive was 26.7 percent, previously it was 21.6 percent. During the last 14 days the county averaged 22.6 new cases per day; 14 days prior the average was 26.3.

Weakley County currently has 2,178 total cases (+119 since last week), 37 total deaths (+3 since last week), 42 currently hospitalized (+4 since last week), 184 active cases (–89 since last week) and 1,957 recovered (+205 since last week).

Over the last seven days in Weakley County, the average percent positive was 15.1 percent, previously it was 16.7 percent. During the last 14 days the county averaged 18.9 new cases per day; 14 days prior the average was 19.8.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, eight long-term care facilities in Carroll, Henry and Weakley counties have reported new cases since last week’s update.

Christian Care Center of McKenzie reported one death this week; no change since last week in (29) residents and (13) staff infected.

AHC-McKenzie reported two residents with COVID-19 this week, 30 total resident cases; no change since last week in (0) deaths and (13) staff infected.

Huntingdon Health and Rehab reported two staff with COVID-19 this week, 20 total staff affected; no change since last week in (13) residents infected and (2) deaths.

LifeCare Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock reported one staff member with COVID-19 this week, two total staff affected; no change since last week in (0) residents infected and (0) deaths.

Morningside of Paris reported three staff with COVID-19 since last week, four total staff affected; no change since last week in (2) residents infected and (0) deaths.

AHC-Paris reported no changes since last week of (2) infected residents, (0) deaths and (7) staff with COVID-19.

Henry County Healthcare Center is new to the TDH list, reporting one resident and three staff with COVID-19 since last week.

AHC-VanAyer in Martin reported one resident and two staff with COVID-19 since last week, a total of eight residents and 13 staff affected; no change in (2) deaths since last week.

Diversicare of Martin reported no changes since last week of (41) infected residents, (5) deaths and (25) staff with COVID-19.

Hillview Community Living Center in Dresden is new to the TDH list, reporting five residents, 0 deaths and 0 staff with COVID-19 since last week.

Weakley County Nursing Home of Dresden reported no changes since last week of 0 infected residents, 0 deaths and six staff with COVID-19.

After 28 days of no new cases, long-term care facilities drop off the state’s list of affected facilities.

Tennessee reported 366,518 total cases in 20200 (340,476 last week), 4,554 total deaths (4,266 last week) and 2,197 currently hospitalized (2,065 last week). According to the World Health Organization, the United States reported 13,082,877 total cases and 263,946 deaths from COVID-19.

Globally, 220 countries have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 62,195,274 confirmed cases (58,425,681 last week) reported and 1,453,355 deaths (1,385,218 last week) from the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 affects people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills; Cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Fatigue; Muscle or body aches; Headache; New loss of taste or smell; Sore throat; Congestion or runny nose; Nausea or vomiting; and/or Diarrhea.

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: Trouble breathing; Persistent pain or pressure in the chest; New confusion; Inability to wake or stay awake; and/or Bluish lips or face.

Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Google offers a self-assessment test, https://landing.google.com/screener/covid19?source=google

To learn more, visit the Tennessee Department of Health at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html or the World Health Organization at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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