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Tipton County Cases

Number of cases in Tipton County: 620+
PCR Positive tests: 684
Recovered: 488 (reportedly includes everyone at the prison)
Active cases: 132
Tipton County deaths: 5
Negative tests: 7,738
Total tests: 8,152

Tipton is third in West Tennessee’s 21 counties for confirmed cases and deaths, behind Shelby and Lake counties.

The first confirmed case was reported on March 19. The first death was on May 3.

Prison outbreak

There was an outbreak at the West Tennessee Detention Facility where at least 325 people tested positive. The U.S. Marshals report inmates and employees have all recovered.

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Number of known cases statewide: 46,890+
Recovered statewide: 28,938

Total no. of hospitalizations: 2,775
Total Deaths: 620
Confirmed Deaths: 594
Probable Deaths: 26

Source: Tennessee Department of Health. For more information about the number of cases in Tennessee, see https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

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Community Outreach

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The following closures and cancellations have been announced:


Tipton County Schools are CLOSED. SACC & activities (including games, practices & club meetings) have been suspended. COVID-19 updates from the school system can be found here.

Boys & Girls Club of the Hatchie River Region will be closed beginning March 16. It will reopen when schools open.

tnAchieves mandatory meetings (statewide) cancelled. Seniors must watch webinar to retain eligibility.

DSCC – Spring Break Online-only classes until April 3

Local government

Atoka’s Town Hall is closed. Customers should use the phone or drive-thru. BBQ Fest, meetings and activities have been cancelled.

Brighton’s town hall is closed. Customers are being served through the drive-thru.

City of Covington has closed its lobby. Covington Parks and Recreation has closed its facilities, including the Sportsplex, pool, museum and all parks. Sports which were scheduled to begin soon have been postponed. All civic center gatherings and activities have been cancelled and Tipton County Commission on Aging services suspended.

The Keep Covington Clutter-Free event, formerly Clean Up/Fix Up Covington, scheduled for April 4 will be rescheduled for the fall.

Munford has reset court dates: The April 13 date is now May 11 at 2 p.m., April 15 has been moved to May 27 at 2 p.m. and the April 22 date has been moved to May 27 at 3:30 p.m.

Munford Parks and Recreation has suspended the following activities through March 30: all sports activities, including baseball, soccer, cheer, flag football and cornhole; skate and all private parties for skating or other building rentals have been cancelled. Refunds will be given.

Munford Tipton County Memorial Library is closed.

Tipton County Animal Shelter is closed to the public. For adoptions, please email the shelter manager at Lee@tcpw.net or can 901-837-5919.

The Tipton County Clerk’s office will close its Munford satellite location and Covington lobby. If at all possible, conduct business via TNCountyClerk.com (online vehicle renewals), by mail (220 Hwy. 51 North, Suite 2, Covington, TN 38019), Self-Service Kiosk 24/7 Atoka Town Hall (334 Atoka-Munford Rd), Drive Thru – Covington M-F 8-5, or by phone – 901-476-0207. Per Gov. Lee, vehicle registrations set to expire in March, April and May now expire June 15, 2020. The

Tipton County Library will close on March 24.

Community Events

Go Lucy Go 5K/10K has been postponed.

Rotary, Exchange and Lions club meetings have all been suspended.

Tipton County Master Gardeners Lawn & Garden Expo, set for April 4, has been cancelled.


State and federal response

Tennessee’s first case was reported on March 4

On March 11, the World Health Organization declared outbreak a global pandemic.

Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency on Thursday, March 12.

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, March 13. On March 13, the Dept. of Defense banned domestic travel for personnel and families. The CDC has recommended not gathering in groups of 50 or more for eight weeks.

On March 16, Lee urged school districts statewide to close through March 31 and announced the state legislature would limit remaining business.

Lee signed executive order No. 17 on March 22 and Tipton County Executive Jeff Huffman declared a state of emergency for the county, limiting group gathering sizes, calling on business owners to use alternative models until April 6, allowing restaurants to serve through take-out/delivery only, closing bars and gyms and suspending some of the regular requirements for operations during the pandemic.

On March 24, Lee closed public schools in the state of Tennessee through April 24.

Local Resources

Tipton County Schools COVID-19 updates

Tennessee Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus updates

Tipton County Health Department


What precautions are being taken?

Area nursing and rehabilitation centers are screening visitors for illnesses prior to allowing them to visit with residents and patients.

Baptist-Tipton has changed its visitor guidelines.

Extra cleaning is taking place at Tipton County schools and on buses.

DSCC’s spring break has been extended and classes will transition to online-only from March 23-April 3

First responders have plans to protect themselves and others from contracting the virus.

To find out the latest from Tipton County Schools, see https://www.tipton-county.com/apps/news/article/1181833.

What if I suspect I have COVID-19?

If you display symptoms, please call your primary care physician or the health department for testing and treatment.