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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

COVID-19 and Tipton County

TIPTON COUNTY STATUS

😷 Masks: Mandated through Jan. 31, 2021. Read more about the mandate.

🏥 Baptist-Tipton Hospital: At capacity for critical care only

🍎 Schools: Hybrid – four-day in-person schedule or distance learning

Business, social restrictions: None

🗞 Headlines and information

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A quick note before we get into the larger updates: There is a new number for vaccination appointments in Tipton County. Please call 866-442-5301 to schedule your first dose (second doses will be scheduled for you).

Today our cases increased by only 16, which is the lowest increase we’ve had since Dec. 28, 2020 when we increased by 14. Today we also have the lowest number of active cases – 495 – since Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 when we had 475 and 498 active cases. Our transmission rate has also decreased from the yellow zone into the green and is now .95.

Our low case increase comes with a testing increase of only 31, so our positivity rate for this day of data is 51.6 percent. That means a little more than half of those tested were positive for COVID-19. This is the highest positivity rate we’ve had since Dec. 29 (59.4 percent), though we did have a 50.7 percent positivity rate on Jan. 3. Our positivity rate, ideally, would be below 10 percent; this is, of course, more than five times that, but our positivity rate has been trending lower than expected post-Christmas.

Also trending down are our cases per capita. Statewide, cases are 33 percent lower than they were two weeks ago and in Tipton County we are 26 percent lower than we were two weeks ago. The New York Times Coronavirus Tracker reports since January 2020, at least 1 in 10 people who live in Tennessee have been infected, and at least 1 in 814 have died. In Tipton County, at least 1 in 10 people have been infected, and at least 1 in 948 have died. (Neighboring Shelby County’s numbers are 1 in 12 and 1 in 822.)

Today the reported COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. hit 400,000. There have been 100,000 deaths reported since Dec. 14.

If you are one of the 65 families grieving loved ones lost to COVID-19, there is a light in Washington, D.C. where your loved one is being honored and remembered tonight.

Photo: NBC News

This evening President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who will be inaugurated tomorrow, attended a memorial for COVID-19 victims at the Lincoln Memorial. CBS News reported the ceremony featured 400 lights turned on around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, one light for every 1,000 deaths.

In his address, Biden said, “If there are any angels in Heaven – and I mean this from the bottom of my heart – they’re all nurses. We know from our family experience what you do, the courage and the pain you absorb for others.”

To heal, he said, we must remember those who’ve died.

“It’s hard sometimes to remember, but that’s how we heal. It’s important to do that as a nation, that’s why we’re here today. Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all whom we lost.”

Harris said, “For many months we have grieved by ourselves. Tonight we grieve, and begin healing, together. Though we may be physically separated, we, the American people, are united in spirit and my abiding hope, my abiding prayer, is that we emerge from this ordeal with a new wisdom to cherish simple moments, to imagine new possibilities, and to open our hearts just a little bit more to one another.”

And don’t miss the Michigan nurse Lori Marie Key, who’s worked on the COVID unit, singing Amazing Grace.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams advocated, on air, the lights stay.

“Let me be the first to suggest that the lights are so beautiful they perhaps should be made permanent,” he said. “Sadly, the only thing we can predict tonight is there will be more lights. So, perhaps, in a gesture that is visible from space, this is the new Washington memorial … right there, in front of our eyes. We should keep them, protect them, keep them lit, keep them standardized. It’s a bold statement. It’s a reflecting pool, after all.”

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📈 Cases

Number of cases: 6,226 (+16)
Daily positivity rate: 51.6%
Active cases: 495 (-55)
Seven-day average new cases: 32.8

Deaths: 65 (-)
County fatality rate: 1.04%

Total tests processed: 45,230
PCR Positive tests: 5,508
Inactive: 5,666
Overall positivity rate: 12.2%

Source: Tennessee Dept. of Health COVID-19 Data Dashboard and UT COVID-19 Dashboard

⚠️ Risk & Transmission

🔴 White House Task Force Risk: Red

🔴 HGHI/BSPH Risk Zone: Red (59/100K)
Yesterday: 62/100K
14-Day change: -26%

Neighboring Counties
Shelby County: 54/100K
Fayette County: 69/100K
Haywood County: 55/100K
Lauderdale County: 43/100K

🔴 TN HGHI/BSPH Risk Zone: Red (62/100K)
Ranked: 15th in the nation
Yesterday: 65/100K and ranked 15th
14-Day change: -33%

🟢 Mean Transmission Rate Zone: Green (.95) The green zone is the second lowest of five zones
Yesterday: .97

Source: Centers for Disease Control, New York Times COVID-19 Tracker

💉 Vaccinations

Vaccine recipients: 1,906 (+153), 3.11%
Fully vaccinated: 198 (+24), .32%

Vaccine availability: Limited

Vaccination in Tipton Co.

Want to get vaccinated?

Are you eligible? Use the state’s tool to find out or see the vaccination phases below.

🖱 Register online for an appointment

📱 Call the Tipton County Health Department at 901-476-0235 or 866-442-5301 for more information on scheduling your vaccination.

Who’s being vaccinated in Tipton County?

🟢 Phase 1a1
In-patient and other high-exposure healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, ≥18 unable to live independently, first responders

🟢 Phase 1a2
All other healthcare workers, funeral/mortuary, ages 75+

🟢 Phase 1b
School and childcare staff, first responder administration

🔴 Ages 65+ (expected Feb/Mar 2021)

🔴 Phase 1c
≥16 with high-risk comorbidities (expected March-May 2021)

🔴 Phase 2a/b
Critical infrastrucure, ages 55+ (expected April-June 2021)

🔴 Phase 3
Congregate living, grocery workers, corrections residents, ages 45+ (expected April-Sept 2021)

🔴 Ages 16-35
(Expected July-December 2021)

(Estimated timeline is subject to change.)

Source: Tennessee Dept. of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Data

🍎 Schools

Cumulative cases in school-age children (5-18): 799 (+8)
Estimated active cases in ages 5-18: 77

Week ending Jan. 8
Total cases in TCS students: 20
Total cases in TCS staff: 6

New cases reported in Tipton County Schools

(for week ending Jan. 8)

Atoka ES
# of new student cases this week: 0
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: 0
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Austin Peay ES
# of new student cases this week: 0
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: 0
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Brighton ES
# of new student cases this week: <5
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: 0
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Brighton HS
# of new student cases this week: <5
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: 0
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Brighton MS
# of new student cases this week: <5
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: 0
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Covington HS
# of new student cases this week: <5
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: 0
# of new staff cases last week: NR


CIAA
# of new student cases this week: 0
# of new student cases last week: 0
# of new staff cases this week: <5
# of new staff cases last week: <5


Crestview ES
# of new student cases this week: <5
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: <5
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Crestview MS
# of new student cases this week:
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: <5
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Drummonds ES
# of new student cases this week: <5
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: <5
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Munford ES
# of new student cases this week: <5
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: <5
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Munford HS
# of new student cases this week: 7
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: 0
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Munford MS
# of new student cases this week: <5
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: 0
# of new staff cases last week: NR


Tipton County ALC
# of new student cases this week: 0
# of new student cases last week: NR
# of new staff cases this week: 0
# of new staff cases last week: NR

[Updates each Tuesday]
Source: Tennessee Dept. of Health School Opening Dashboard

🔥 Hotspots by ZIP code

38004/Atoka: 🔴🔴🔴⚪️⚪️ (-2)
38011/Brighton: 🔴🔴🔴🔴⚪️ (-)
38015/Burlison: 🔴⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️ (-2)
38019/Covington: 🔴🔴🔴🔴⚪️ (-1)
38023/Drummonds: 🔴🔴⚪️⚪️⚪️ (-)
38049/Mason & Stanton: 🔴🔴🔴🔴⚪️ (+1) 38053/Quito & Millington: 🔴⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️ (-) 38058/Munford: 🔴🔴🔴🔴⚪️ (-2)

[Updates each Friday]
Source: Tennessee Dept. of Health Testing and Case Rates by ZIP

🏨 Long-term Care Facilities

Cumulative totals for the week ending Jan. 8:

AHC Covington Care

Bert Johnston Ave., Covington
Residents: 39 (-)
Staff: 42 (-)
Total residents: 70
Last positive test: Jan. 6

Parkway Cove

Bert Johnston Ave., Covington
Residents: 0
Resident deaths: 0
Staff: 5 (-)
Total residents: 18
Last positive test: Nov. 23

Magnolia Creek

Hwy. 51, Covington
Residents: 78 (+8)
Resident deaths: 2 (-)
Staff: 62 (+2)
Total residents: 105
Last positive test: Jan. 11

[Updates each Friday]
Source: Tennessee Dept. of Health Long-Term Care Facility Data