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Giles County increased to 855 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, as of 2 p.m. today, Oct. 16, according to the Tennessee Department of Health website,

Of those confirmed cases, 695 are now considered inactive/recovered.

Thirty-one fatalities have now been reported for Giles.

Giles County’s active case count is currently 129.

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 10,286, up from 10,282.

Forty-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 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 — 1,376 positive, 12,437 negative, 1,143 inactive, 17 fatalities; Lincoln — 770 positive, 9,004 negative, 675 inactive, two fatalities; Marshall — 992 positive, 10,481 negative, 830 inactive, eight fatalities; and Maury — 2,885 positive, 30,009 negative, 2,541 inactive, 35 fatalities.

As of 2 p.m. today, Tennessee has reported 223,493 total cases, 3,005,275 negative tests, 2,871 fatalities and 201,831 inactive/recovered.

United States, Global

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 8,015,380 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 218,137 deaths.

Globally, JHU reports 39,097,543 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,100,877 deaths.

—Staff Reports

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