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Giles County increased to 607 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, as of 2 p.m. today, Sept. 26, according to the Tennessee Department of Health website,

Of those confirmed cases, 520 are now considered inactive/recovered.

Seventeen fatalities have now been reported for Giles.

Giles County’s active case count is currently 70.

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 8,553, up from 8,465.

Thirty-four 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 cluster of cases at Elk River Health & Rehabilitation of Ardmore Sept. 25.

Four residents and two staff members have tested positive.

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 — 1,043 positive, 10,209 negative, 887 inactive, 13 fatalities; Lincoln — 619 positive, 7,904 negative, 558 inactive, one fatality; Marshall — 756 positive, 8,837 negative, 664 inactive, five fatalities; and Maury — 2,361 positive, 24,986 negative, 2,077 inactive, 24 fatalities.

As of 2 p.m. today, Tennessee has reported 190,891 total cases, 2,558,215 negative tests, 2,374 fatalities and 174,044 inactive/recovered.

United States, Global

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 7,065,019 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 204,249 deaths.

Globally, JHU reports 32,673,978 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 990,738 deaths.

—Staff Reports

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