Three Coffee County Jail employees test positive for COVID-19

MANCHESTER — According to a press release, three Coffee County Jail employees have tested positive for COVID-19 but there are no confirmed cases within the prison population. The three employees live together in the same apartment, according to the release.

Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin stated in the release that all remaining staff have been notified and given information about being tested. He also stated that the jail is following and will continue to follow all national, state, and local social distancing practices.

The Coffee County Jail is located at 76 Hillsboro Highway in Manchester. For more information, contact the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-728-3591. •

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Chattanooga becomes National COVID hotspot

According to a recent published report by The New York Times, Chattanooga (Hamilton County) reported 186 new cases and two additional deaths since Friday, making them a national Coronavirus hotspot. Their report is based on a recent Dataminr study that identified 22 small metropolitan and rural counties across eight states. The story also identified Nashville (Davidson County) as a national hotspot among major urban counties.

According to the report, Chattanooga’s rate of new cases per day is the fifth highest in the nation, doubling about every nine days.

On Sunday, the state reported 70 more cases in Chattanooga, which was the largest one-day jump since the global pandemic began. On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 642 total Chattanooga cases and 15 deaths.

Local health officials attributed the jump in number to an increase in testing stating that 14,000 more residents (or four percent of the population) have now been tested.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes stated that despite the uptick, Chattanooga still had enough open hospital beds to handle the surge including 52 adult intensive-care unit beds and 361 adult ventilators available. •

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COVID-19 Update: 5 Things You Need to Know This Week

1| Moore County holds steady at three cases. On April 22, Moore County got its third confirmed COVID-19 case but has not added an additional case since. That’s 30 days without a new case. According to local officials, all three local cases have recovered and are doing well.

2| There are now cases in all Tennessee counties. On Wednesday, the state health department reported the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Hancock County. This mean there are now at least one confirmed case in all 95 counties.

3| Restaurant, retail increase capacity. On Friday, updated guidelines for restaurants and retail stores went into effect by allowing them to operate at full capacity. Attractions and large non-contact venues can now re-open with appropriate social distancing and capacity restrictions. Under the new guidance, bars should remain closed unless used for seated, in-restaurant dining.

4| Free child care for essential workers extended. This week, Tennessee also extended free pandemic child care for essential workers until mid-August. At the same time they also expanded the categories of essential workers – allowing more workers to qualify. Those working in the financial, religious, utility and hotel industries, among others can now qualify.

5| State unemployment claims now highest in state history. According to new numbers released on Thursday, Tennessee’s preliminary, seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is now 14.7 percent. There have been 532,580 new unemployment claims filed in the state of Tennessee between March 15 and May 16, according to the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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May 15 COVID-19 Update: 4 Thing You Need to Know Today

{Graphic Courtesy of TN Dept. of Health}

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Friday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 15,544 confirmed cases (271 more than the previous day). Our state has now experienced 290 deaths. That’s three more than yesterday. According to the state, 9,280 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 52 percent of reported cases. As of today, 309,756 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top four things you need to know for today:

1|Weekly numbers show moderate increases. This week (from Saturday to Friday) 2,529 more Tennesseans tested positive for COVID-19. That’s a 17 percent increase from last Friday’s total. According to state reports, 66,178 more people were tested. That’s a 28 percent increase from last Friday. Forty nine more Tennesseans died this week from COVID-19 related illness.

2|Tennessee continues to test aggressively. According to a state-by-state analysis conducted by NPR, Tennessee continues to stand out nationally for its “when in doubt get a test” mentality … even if someone is symptom-free. According to the report, Tennessee can test everyone who wants a test because the state’s paying for it … they aren’t relying on federal dollars.

3|Weekend testing stopped. There are no weekend testing sites planned for this weekend. State official originally planned weekend tests for April 24-25, May 2-3, and May 9-10.

4|Fourth Tennessee inmate dies of COVID-19. On Friday, the Tennessee Department of Corrections announced that a 71-year old inmate at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center had died … making him the fourth state prisoner to die from COVID-related illness.

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May 11 COVID-19 Update: 4 Things You Need to Know Today

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Monday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 15,544 confirmed cases (559 more than the previous day). Our state has now experienced 251 deaths. That’s eight more than yesterday. According to the state, 8,038 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 52 percent of reported cases. As of today, 273,277 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top four things you need to know for today:

1| Moore at low risk for second wave. A Nashville-based healthcare data company called Decode Health released a map of counties in the state showing where they believe people are most at-risk of being hospitalized. Bedford, Davidson, Sumner, Robertson, Montgomery, Wilson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Maury counties were most at risk in Middle Tennessee (Level 4). Moore County was a Level 1, the lowest risk. The group also identified Coffee County as Level 4. Franklin and Lincoln counties were identified as Level 3 risks. (Source: https://bit.ly/2LkSgqo)

2 | Cases now confirmed in 94 of 95 counties. Pickett County confirmed it’s first COVID-19 case on Sunday leaving Hancock County as the lone Tennessee county without a confirmed case. Hancock County has tested 96 people.

3 | Harvard Study show Tennessee ahead in testing. A new Harvard Global Health Institute / NPR Study show that the Volunteer State is ahead of the curve national when it comes to testing. At 8,365 tests per day, the state is doing far more than the 3,266 daily tests recommended. (Source: https://bit.ly/2Lw4ay1)

4 | Sen. Lamar Alexander  exposed and in self quarantine. On Sunday, officials announced that Sen. Lamar Alexander is in self quarantine after a member of his staff tested positive for the virus. Sen. Alexander tested negative for COVID-19 last week. •

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May 7 COVID-19 Update: 6 Things You Need to Know Today

{Infographic Courtesy of the TN Dept. of Health}

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Thursday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 14,096 (158 more than the previous day). Our state has now experienced 237 deaths. That’s two less than yesterday. According to state officials, two individuals counted yesterday were out-of-state residents hospitalized in Tennessee. Today’s numbers represent an adjusted count.

According to the state, 6,783 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 48 percent of reported cases. As of today, 236,328 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top six things you need to know for today:

1 | Bedford County continues to be a regional hotspot. The regional counts as of today are as follows: Moore County (3), Bedford County (217), Coffee County (47), Franklin County (37), and Lincoln County (16).

2 |Mass prison population testing began this week. On May 5, The New York Times stared that Trousdale County in Tennessee reported the highest infection rate per capita in the U.S. As of last week, more than half of the inmates and staff at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center tested positive for the virus. Last Friday, Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group announced that a mass COVID-19 testing initiative would begin this week.

3 | Tennessee men diagnosed with COVID-19 more that women. Men continue to get positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the state of Tennessee more than women. Of the known cases, 52 percent (or 7,286) are male and 42 percent (or 5,857) are female.

4 | Governor extends okay for virtual public meetings. On Wednesday, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 34, which allows local governing bodies to continue to meet virtually without risking a opening meetings law violation. He originally issued the safeguards on March 20 and they are now extended through June 30.

5 | Tennesseans can now get free masks. This week the state began distributing free masks through local health departments in all 95 counties. The Moore County Health Department is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

6 | New unemployment claims numbers jump again. According to the state, 37,000 more new unemployment claims were filed for the week ending May 2. They are part of the 3.2 million claims reported across the U.S. last wek. That brings the state total to over 474,000 over the last seven week period and the U.S. total to more than 33 million. That’s roughly 25 percent of working aged adults.

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May 5 COVID-19 Update: 4 Things You Need to Know Today

{Graphic Courtesy of the TN Dept. of Health}

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 13,690 (119 more than the previous day). Our state has now experienced 226 deaths (seven more since yesterday). According to the state, 6,356 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 47 percent of reported cases. As of today, 218,795 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top four things you need to know for today:

1| Lynchburg’s official count remain three. Moore County continues to reflect three cases with 184 Moore County residents tested. Regionally, the counts are as follows: Bedford County (201), Coffee County (45), Franklin County (36), and Lincoln County (16).

2 | State stops updating Mayor Lewis daily. According to Mayor Lewis, the Tennessee Department of Health will no longer update her office daily about new confirmed cases. Instead they will personally update every time that number increases by a factor of five.

3 | Republican officials want COVID restrictions listed. On Tuesday, Republican Party leadership from eight Middle Tennessee counties sent an open letter to Governor Bill Lee asking for a repeal of the state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions. The letter was signed by leadership from Coffee, Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Perry, and Wayne counties. Membership from Moore County did not sign the letter.

4 | Mass prison testing begins this week. According to Governor Lee’s Unified Command Group, every Tennessee Department of Corrections prison inmate and state will be tested for COVID-19 this week.

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May 1 COVID-19 Updates: 6 Things You Need to Know

{Graphic Courtesy of the TN Department of Health}

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Friday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 11,891 (1,156 more than the previous day). Our state has now experienced 204 deaths (five more since yesterday). According to the state, 5,546 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 47 percent of reported cases. As of today, 186,132 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top six things you need to know for today:

1 | Moore County starts May with four total cases. In April, Moore County ended with three new Tennessee Department of Health confirmed cases as well as a single case at Lynchburg Nursing Center that’s not included in that total. As of May 1, those were still out numbers with 155 Moore County citizens being tested.

2 | Regionally, the state identified Bedford County as a hotspot. On Friday, their confirmed cases number had increased to 184 – that’s five times more than any of Moore County’s other surrounding counties. Bedford Counties official point to resent spike in cases at the Tyson Chicken Plant as the cause. Tyson official recently closed the plant for deep-cleaning before re-opening.

3 | Nearly 150,000 more tested in April. During the month of April, Tennessee added 8,052 new COVID-19 cases. There were also 175 deaths in April. Overall, Tennessee ramped up testing efforts with 177,626 citizens tested in April – that’s a 145,174 increase.

4 | Two percent of all confirmed COVID-19 cases result in a death. Of the 11,891 total cases in the state, 204 have died. However, there are 6.8 million residents of Tennessee. If that two percent continues, it would result in 136,000 deaths.

5 | State will test all nursing home resident and patients. Governor Bill Lee stated on Thursday in a conversation with President Trump that Tennessee has plan to test all 175,000 residents and staff at the state’s 700 long-term care facilities for COVID-19.

6 | Drive thru testing will happen again this weekend. On Saturday, they’ll test at the Lincoln County Senior Citizens Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again on Sunday at the Giles County Agripark from 12-3 p.m.

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering 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.}

April 29 COVID-19 Update: 5 Things You Need to Know

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 10,366 (a 314 more than the previous day). Our state has now experienced 195 deaths (seven more since yesterday). According to the state, 5,140 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 50 percent of reported cases. As of today, 168,549 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top five things you need to know for today:

1 | Moore County gained it’s fourth confirmed COVID 19 case today. According to Metro Mayor Bonnie Lewis, that patient is a resident at the Lynchburg Nursing Center. (Editor’s Note: We’ll give a full report on that later today.)

2 | Governor reverses his course on hair salons. After stating that hair salons and barbershops would need to remain closed until May 29 in Executive Order 30, the Governor’s office reversed course today during a teleconference with members of the General Assembly. Those businesses may now open May 6.

3 | Churches may open. Religious services, weddings, and funerals are not considered “social gatherings” according to Executive Order 30 and are permitted but the Governor “strongly encourages” places of worship and public celebrations to follow social distancing guidelines.

4 | Restaurants are open (with conditions) and take-out alcohol sales by restaurant can continue. The state will continue to allow to-go alcohol sales for off site consumption if it’s accompanied by a food purchase.

5 | Parts of Northgate Mall will re-open today. Today, retail and shopping malls got the green light to re-open. Northgate Mall in Tullahoma announced via social media that Hibbets and Burkes will operate with a limited in store customer count.

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering 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.}

April 24 COVID-19 Update: 6 Things You Should Know

The Tennessee Department of Health released new COVID-19 case counts on Friday at 2 p.m. and Tennessee now reports 8,726 cases and 168 deaths. According to the state, 4,370 COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 50 percent of reported cases. As of today, 131,298 of Tennessee’s 6.6 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top five things you need to know for today:

1 | For the third straight day, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the state has jumped by over 400: April 22 (448), April 23 (424), and today (460).

2 | Moore County continues to report just three confirmed case. There are only two counties in the state that still have a zero count: Hancock and Pickett counties. Regionally the counts are as follows: Bedford (138), Coffee (27), Franklin (29), and Lincoln (11).

3 | Drive thru testing happens again this weekend. The two closest locations to Lynchburg will be Southern Middle Tennessee Pavilion in Winchester from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday and Rotary Park in Lawrenceburg from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday. For a complete list of drive thru testing sites, click here.

4| Governor will open restaurants and retail stores in 89 counties next week. Friday morning Governor Bill Lee’s office released guidance for which businesses will be allowed to re-open next week prior to his Stay at Home order’s expiration on April 30. Restaurant can re-open on Monday, April 27 and retailers can re-open on Wednesday, April 30. Both must only operate at 50 percent and employees are encouraged to wear masks.

5 | Over 68,000 new state unemployment claims were reported this week. That’s for the week ending April 18. In total more than 400,000 Tennesseans (or six percent of the population) have file for unemployment in the past five weeks.

6 | The state number of COVID related deaths actually went down today. Yesterday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 170 COVID-19 related deaths. Today that number went down to 168. According to the THD, they corrected a data entry error from Thursday in today’s numbers.

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering 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.}