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Giles County increased to 1,300 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, as of 2 p.m. today, Nov. 18, according to the Tennessee Department of Health website,

Of those confirmed cases, 1,089 are now considered inactive/recovered.

Forty fatalities have now been reported for Giles.

Giles County’s active case count is currently 171.

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 13,667, up from 13,639.

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 — 2,364 positive, 16,986 negative, 1,935 inactive, 28 fatalities; Lincoln — 1,322 positive, 10,810 negative, 1,102 inactive, 11 fatalities; Marshall — 1,549 positive, 14,009 negative, 1,322 inactive, 15 fatalities; and Maury — 5,158 positive, 42,733 negative, 4,208 inactive, 50 fatalities.

As of 2 p.m. today, Tennessee has reported 325,201 total cases, 3,819,358 negative tests, 4,048 fatalities and 279,931 inactive/recovered.

United States, Global

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 11,424,275 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 249,477 deaths.

Globally, JHU reports 55,997,737 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,345,128 deaths.

—Staff Reports

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