By Erin McCullough
Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady is reminding all residents that the COVID-19 pandemic is “still very much active in our area” and that they need to take all the precautions that they can to slow the spread of the virus.
During his Monday, Nov. 16, Facebook Live session, Brady reminded Grundy Countians that the ongoing pandemic is just that – ongoing.
As of Monday, Nov. 16, Grundy County had 47 active cases of the virus among its residents, Brady said. The county, as well as its neighbors, were all starting to see spikes in cases of the virus, Brady said, citing the state health department’s Sunday, Nov. 15 report. Per the report, Warren County had 396 active cases of the virus; Van Buren County had 53; Marion County had 62 active cases.
“It seems that there’s an uptrend going on in the region now from a week ago,” he said. “Take all the precautions that you can; social distance and other things to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 virus.”
Fourteen Grundy Countians have died of COVID-19 since the state health department began tracking cases at the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. There are also 41 Grundy County residents who are currently hospitalized with the virus, the state health agency reports.
According to the state’s county snapshot, Grundy County has had 5,169.5 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents. Over the last week (Nov. 9 – Nov. 15) the county has had a daily case rate of 56.4 cases per 100,000 residents per day. Over the last two weeks (Nov. 2 – Nov. 15), the county has averaged 6.4 new cases reported per day. The previous two weeks, the average was 7.2.
Over the last seven days, Grundy County has averaged 64.4 tests per day (48 tests per 10,000 residents per day). The average percent positive rate in Grundy County over the last week was 12.9%, per the snapshot.
Grundy County is listed as in the Red Zone for COVID-19 case and lab data, according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force Map. Being in the Red Zone means the county has reported both new cases at or above 101 per 100,000 population and a lab test positivity result at or above 10.1%, per the state health department. The map was last updated Nov. 8.
According to the state health department, wearing a cloth face covering or mask correctly – over both the nose and mouth – can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. Research shows adherence to mask wearing can reduce infection rates by 80%.
The state health department and CDC recommend wearing face coverings “in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit covid19.tn.gov.