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Giles County increased to 921 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, as of 2 p.m. today, Oct. 22, according to the Tennessee Department of Health website,

Of those confirmed cases, 747 are now considered inactive/recovered.

Thirty-four fatalities have been reported for Giles.

Giles County’s active case count is currently 140.

In accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, TDH has adjusted the period of time that must pass before they consider a case to be inactive/recoverd from 21 days to 14 days.

In today’s update on, negative tests rose to 10,941, up from 10,857.

Fifty-one Giles County residents have been hospitalized since May 9.

TDH reminds citizens, “It is important to remember COVID-19 case counts only represent a portion of actual illness in the community. Because being ‘counted’ as a case requires visiting a health care provider and/or seeking a COVID-19 test, there are cases in the community that are not officially counted.”

Long-Term Care Cluster

TDH reported a cluster of cases at Elk River Health & Rehabilitation of Ardmore Sept. 25.

According to TDH, as of Oct. 16, 52 residents and 26 staff members have tested positive. TDH reported 17 resident deaths as of Oct. 16, nine new deaths since the Oct. 9 update.

TDH updates information on clusters at long-term care facilities each Friday.

Elsewhere in Tennessee

Test results in Tennessee counties contiguous to Giles are: Lawrence — 1,526 positive, 13,334 negative, 1,255 inactive, 18 fatalities; Lincoln — 836 positive, 9,213 negative, 721 inactive, three fatalities; Marshall — 1,085 positive, 11,016 negative, 903 inactive, nine fatalities; and Maury — 3,139 positive, 31,992 negative, 2,715 inactive, 37 fatalities.

As of 2 p.m. today, Tennessee has reported 237,907 total cases, 3,151,098 negative tests, 3,011 fatalities and 212,555 inactive/recovered.

United States, Global

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 8,378,377 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 222,663 deaths.

Globally, JHU reports 41,515,744 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,134,599 deaths.

—Staff Reports

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