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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Tipton County Cases

๐Ÿฆ  ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—— ๐—จ๐—ฃ๐——๐—”๐—ง๐—˜ ๐Ÿฆ  ๐—ฆ๐—”๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฅ๐——๐—”๐—ฌ, ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฃ๐—ง. ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต, ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ

Today marks six months since Tipton County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. In this time, we have had 1,711 confirmed/active cases and 17 deaths.

The majority of confirmed cases is in the 31-40 age range (355), then the 21-30 (330) range.

In Tipton County, we have a .99% fatality rate. With hospitalizations, the state is reporting 4.9% of patients have been hospitalized in Tipton County. This does not include the patients being hospitalized in Shelby County (and we do not yet know those numbers).

Schools have closed, held socially-distanced graduations, and are operating with a hybrid model with 29% of students attending classes virtually and face-to-face students going from a staggered scheduled to full-time in-person instruction. This week they will begin four-day weeks.

Businesses and restaurants have closed, then re-opened with new guidelines for capacity and operation.

Gas prices fell to historic lows in the spring. Shipping times have increased. People in service industries are struggling.

There have be interesting effects as well, like an increase in sales tax collections.

What have been the most difficult parts for you? What is something that, despite the tragic nature of a pandemic, has changed for the better (i.e. more family time)?

๐—ง๐—œ๐—ฃ๐—ง๐—ข๐—ก ๐—–๐—ข๐—จ๐—ก๐—ง๐—ฌ’๐—ฆ ๐—ก๐—จ๐— ๐—•๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ

๐Ÿ”บ Confirmed cases are 1,711 today, which is an 61-case increase since our last update on Tuesday (27 Wednesday, 7 Thursday, 20 Friday and 7 today).

Our average daily cases is 13, according to the University of Tennessee State Data Center, which is up from 9 last week.

๐Ÿ“‰ Active cases are reportedly 134 today. We were at 149 yesterday.

(Earlier this month the Tennessee Dept. of Health reported its reclassification of cases to inactive/recovered after 14 days, so this number saw a dramatic decline.)

๐Ÿฉบ There have been 952 tests processed since Tuesday’s reporting. This is a 4.64% increase. Confirmed cases increased by 3.69%.

โž• Per the TSDC, our five-day positivity rate is 8%. Our overall positivity rate is 9.4% (-.1%).

๐Ÿ“ˆ The spread for new cases is:

0-10 years: 1 new case
11-20 years: 2 new cases
21-30 years: 2 new cases
31-40 years: 5 new cases
41-50 years: 5 new cases
51-60 years: 7 new cases
61-70 years: 9 new cases
71-80 years: 1 new case
81+ years: 2 new cases
Pending: 0 new cases

๐Ÿ˜ท Recoveries are now called inactive cases and are reportedly 1,5060, which is a 54-case increase from Tuesday. Our fatality rate is .99%.

๐Ÿฅ The state is reporting our cumulative total of hospitalizations in Tipton County is 85 (+1). We’re sending prayers for a speedy recovery.

๐ŸŽ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€
The total number of school-age children (5-18) from Tipton County diagnosed with COVID-19 is 135 and increased by 4 cases (5-10 age range) since Tuesday.

There have been questions about recoveries for this age group; the state counts cases recovered after 14 days, so a presumed active number of cases here is likely approximately 7.

๐Ÿ“‹ ๐‘ต๐’†๐’˜ ๐’“๐’†๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’” ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’”๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’๐’”
We have numbers from the board regarding students and staff who’ve quarantined and tested positive. Sherrie Yarbro said the schools report numbers weekly and the board will update the state’s new dashboard.

Here’s the dashboard: https://districtinformation.tnedu.gov/covid-informatiโ€ฆ/โ€ฆ/840

๐‘พ๐’†๐’†๐’Œ ๐’†๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘บ๐’†๐’‘๐’•. 11
The dashboard showed 0 students were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the reporting period and fewer than 5 teachers/staff were diagnosed.

While there are students and staff in quarantine, there are no reported clusters or closures.

๐Ÿจ ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด-๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€
The state has a database of long-term care facilities with cases. This data is updated weekly, on Fridays, and is for the week ending Sept. 11.

AHC in Covington, Bert Johnston Ave., Covington: 1 resident and 10 staff members with COVID (last week they reported 5 staff members had been diagnosed)

Magnolia Creek, Hwy. 51, Covington: 13 staff members with COVID (+1 from last week), 6 residents cases and 6 recovered residents

๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ž ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ก๐—ฆ๐— ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก

๐ŸŸ  ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป’๐˜€ ๐—›๐—š๐—›๐—œ/๐—•๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—› ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น: ๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ (๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ.๐Ÿด/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐—ž)
Tipton is in the orange zone on the Harvard Global Health Initiative/Brown School of Public Health “Path to Zero” Risk Level Dashboard for Thursday’s data (they’re two days behind). Our rate is 21.8/100K (it was 13.5 Tuesday), which is quite a bit lower than it has been.

For comparison, Shelby Co. is at 17/100K.

๐ŸŸ  ๐—ง๐—ก ๐—›๐—š๐—›๐—œ/๐—•๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—› ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น: ๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ (๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ.๐Ÿต/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐—ž)
Tennessee as a whole is in the HGHI/BSPH orange zone and the risk level is 20.9 (25 is the red zone; we were at 18.7 Tuesday). We rank 9th in the nation.

The orange zone shows accelerated spread (10-24 cases/100K people) where stay-at-home orders and/or rigorous test and trace programs are advised. The red zone, HGHI/BSPH suggests, should follow stay-at-home orders.

๐ŸŸก ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น: ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„
We are in the White House Task Force’s yellow zone which means we had both new cases between 10-100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positive result between 5-10%, or one of those two conditions and one condition qualifying as being in the Red Zone.

๐ŸŸก ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ: ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ (๐Ÿญ.๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฐ)
Our mean transmission rate is 1.04 , according to the Tennessee State Data Center. The yellow zone is the third level of five (with five being the worst). Shelby County is in the green zone at .95 as are all of our neighboring counties.

๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐˜† ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ญ๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ
On the hotspot-by-ZIP code map:
38004/Atoka: Level 2 of 5 โฌ†๏ธ
38011/Brighton: Level 1 of 5 โฌ‡๏ธ
38015/Burlison: Level 1 of 5 โ†”๏ธ
38019/Covington: Level 4 of 5 โฌ†๏ธ
38023/Drummonds: Level 2 of 5 โฌ†๏ธ
38049/Mason & Stanton: Level 1 of 5 โ†”๏ธ
38053/Quito & Millington part of T/Co.: Level 1 of 5 โฌ‡๏ธ
38058/Munford: Level 2 of 5 โ†”๏ธ

Thanks again for reading along as we share information about the numbers and how they’re reported. It’s done in an effort to provide up-to-date information about cases so you can make informed decisions.

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Closures/Cancellations

The following closures and cancellations have been announced:

Schools

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 โ€“ Covington M-F 8-5, or by phone โ€“ 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.

Timeline

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
https://bit.ly/39Sgjrx

Tennessee Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus updates
https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

Tipton County Health Department
https://www.tiptonco.com/health_department

FAQs

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.