Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady has reported that the first person to die as a result of the coronavirus, Pete Meenen, 73, was a dual resident of Davidson and Grundy counties. He first experienced symptoms of the virus while on the mountain.
Due to the reporting procedures of the TN Department of Health, Meenen’s illness and death were recorded in Davidson County, but he is a registered voter of Grundy County. Brady expressed concern in the reporting procedures and feels that the confusion over the numbers of cases per county could lead Grundy County residents to feel they are not impacted by the virus.
In an effort to maintain transparency and keep local residents informed, Brady announced earlier in the week that there were four confirmed cases of the virus in Grundy County. Even so, the state’s reporting on the county’s numbers lag behind and continue to show only one confirmed case.
Meenen passed away one week after his diagnosis of COVID-19.