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Giles County increased to 2,870 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, as of Jan. 5, according to the Tennessee Department of Health website,

Of those confirmed cases, 2,354 are now considered inactive/recovered.

Sixty-three fatalities have been reported for Giles.

Giles County’s active case count is currently 453.

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

In today’s update on, negative tests rose to 18,472, up from 18,455.

Eighty-six 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 Clusters

TDH first reported two new clusters of cases at Pulaski facilities Oct. 30.

AHC Meadowbrook has 37 residents and 16 staff members who have tested positive. TDH reports six resident deaths.

TDH lists NHC Pulaski with three positive residents and 10 positive staff members. One resident death has been reported.

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 — 4,630 positive, 23,070 negative, 4,062 inactive, 63 fatalities; Lincoln — 3,444 positive, 14,204 negative, 2,976 inactive, 38 fatalities; Marshall — 3,012 positive, 19,111 negative, 2,609 inactive, 30 fatalities; and Maury — 9,724 positive, 58,323 negative, 8,607 inactive, 107 fatalities.

As of today, Tennessee has reported 617,649 total cases, 5,066,078 negative tests, 7,267 fatalities and 539,207 inactive/recovered.

United States, Global

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 20,949,471 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 355,650 deaths.

Globally, JHU reports 86,195,556 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,863,065 deaths.

—Staff Reports

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