COVID cases surging in rural Tennessee … including Moore County

According to the state, Moore County gained 14 new COVID 19 cases this week and now has a 17.8 positivity rate. (Graphic Provided)

Number don’t lie and COVID-19 is surging (or resurging) in rural Tennessee … especially in rural areas like southern, middle Tennessee.

In the past seven days, Moore County gained 14 new active COVID cases and an additional COVID-related death. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, Moore County’s positivity rate is 17.8 percent. The White House Task Force Map shows Moore County is currently in the red zone meaning “that during the last week, we reported new cases at or above 101 per 100,000 population, and a lab test positivity result at or above 10.1%.”

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Regionally, Coffee County continues to be a hotspot with 131 new COVID cases in the past seven days. Over the last seven days, the Coffee County positivity rate is 11.9%. They are also in the White House Task Force’s Red Zone. In fact, just this week, Coffee County lost a high profile citizen when Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman died on Monday from complications related to Coronavirus. He was 79 years old.

Bedford County gained 85 new COVID cases this week, Franklin County gained 64 and Lincoln County gained 54.

On Wednesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and his wife announced they’d be quarantining for the next two weeks after a member of his security detail tested positive for the virus.

On Friday morning, state numbers revealed that the number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations hovered just below the all time record set back in July. In total, just 11 percent or 216 ICU beds were available state wide.

Moore County health officials remind locals to follow common sense measures like social distancing from people who don’t live in your household, wear a mask when social distancing isn’t possible, keep groups small, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

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