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Giles County increased to 1,254 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, as of 2 p.m. today, Nov. 15, according to the Tennessee Department of Health website,

Of those confirmed cases, 1,045 are now considered inactive/recovered.

Thirty-nine fatalities have been reported for Giles.

Giles County’s active case count is currently 170.

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 13,361, up from 13,231.

Fifty-seven 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 a cluster of cases at Elk River Health & Rehabilitation of Ardmore Sept. 25.

According to TDH, as of Nov. 6, 52 residents and 32 staff members had tested positive. TDH reportd 22 resident deaths.

Elk River Health & Rehabilitation of Ardmore was removed from the list of facilities with active cases in the Nov. 13 update. Facilities are removed once no positive residents or staff members have been reported in the previous 28 days.

TDH reported two new clusters of cases Oct. 30.

AHC Meadowbrook in Pulaski has 21 residents and 16 staff members who have tested positive.

TDH lists NHC Pulaski with one positive resident and three 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 — 2,253 positive, 16,584 negative, 1,836 inactive, 25 fatalities; Lincoln — 1,271 positive, 10,626 negative, 1,033 inactive, eight fatalities; Marshall — 1,472 positive, 13,670 negative, 1,263 inactive, 15 fatalities; and Maury — 4,819 positive, 41,331 negative, 3,912 inactive, 46 fatalities.

As of 2 p.m. today, Tennessee has reported 310,937 total cases, 3,734,417 negative tests, 3,893 fatalities and 270,091 inactive/recovered.

United States, Global

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 10,975,004 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 245,942 deaths.

Globally, JHU reports 54,225,797 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,315,225 deaths.

—Staff Reports

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