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Giles County increased to 3,000 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, as of Jan. 8, according to the Tennessee Department of Health website,

Of those confirmed cases, 2,476 are now considered inactive/recovered.

Sixty-seven fatalities have now been reported for Giles.

Giles County’s active case count is currently 457.

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 18,748, up from 18,675.

Eighty-eight 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 reported a new cluster of cases at Elk River Health & Rehabilitation of Ardmore Jan. 8. Four residents and two staff members have tested positive.

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

AHC Meadowbrook has 38 residents and 17 staff members who have tested positive. TDH reports six resident deaths.

TDH lists NHC Pulaski with four positive residents and 13 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 — 4,801 positive, 23,459 negative, 4,188 inactive, 66 fatalities; Lincoln — 3,579 positive, 14,445 negative, 3,103 inactive, 39 fatalities; Marshall — 3,138 positive, 19,418 negative, 2,729 inactive, 33 fatalities; and Maury — 10,149 positive, 59,404 negative, 8,958 inactive, 113 fatalities.

As of today, Tennessee has reported 640,606 total cases, 5,149,497 negative tests, 7,618 fatalities and 559,625 inactive/recovered.

United States, Global

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 21,776,072 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 367,635 deaths.

Globally, JHU reports 88,589,250 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,907,608 deaths.

—Staff Reports

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