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Giles County increased to 937 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, as of 2 p.m. today, Oct. 23, according to the Tennessee Department of Health website,

Of those confirmed cases, 767 are now considered inactive/recovered.

Thirty-five fatalities have now been reported for Giles.

Giles County’s active case count is currently 135.

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 11,057, up from 10,941.

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

According to TDH, as of Oct. 23, 52 residents and 31 staff members have tested positive. TDH reported 21 resident deaths as of Oct. 23, four new deaths since the Oct. 16 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 — 1,556 positive, 13,502 negative, 1,273 inactive, 18 fatalities; Lincoln — 852 positive, 9,296 negative, 730 inactive, three fatalities; Marshall — 1,108 positive, 11,152 negative, 926 inactive, nine fatalities; and Maury — 3,164 positive, 32,284 negative, 2,759 inactive, 37 fatalities.

As of 2 p.m. today, Tennessee has reported 241,513 total cases, 3,189,241 negative tests, 3,076 fatalities and 214,634 inactive/recovered.

United States, Global

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 8,445,242 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 223,457 deaths.

Globally, JHU reports 41,992,358 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,140,593 deaths.

—Staff Reports

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