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COVID-19 and Tipton County


Masks: No mandate

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

Business, social restrictions: None

🗞 Headlines and information

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

On Saturday, March 27, Tipton County vaccinated its 10,000th person. That sounds like an amazing and huge number, doesn’t it? That represents the 17.14 percent of people who’ve received at least one dose of a vaccine. There are 5,656 people (9.23 percent) who’ve been fully vaccinated. Experts consider herd immunity to be reached somewhere near 70-80 percent. 

Our senior citizens were among the first group of people eligible to receive a vaccine. There have been no cases reported in any of our nursing homes or assisted living facilities since Feb. 4. We do know to date there have been 1,370 people in the 65-70 age group who’ve been vaccinated, 1,316 aged 70-74, 999 aged 75-80, 581 aged 81-84, 327 aged 85-89, 103 aged 90-94 and 23 aged 95-99.

Baptist-Tipton is hosting a vaccine drive on Thursday, but they have already filled all available spots. 

For the week ending Saturday, March 27, Tipton County saw (only) 27 confirmed cases (lowest since mid-June), a weekly positivity rate of 7.64 percent and an average of 5.1 cases per day. We currently have 61 active cases, which is a little higher than last week (but not too much), which includes six active cases in the 5-18 age group. 

Month-to-date we have had 173 cases, 207 active cases and only one death. 

Our cases per capita today come in at 9 per 100,000 residents, one of the lowest we’ve seen since late last spring. We are considered at high risk for an outbreak, according to COVID Act Now, so the continued use of face masks and other preventative measures is encouraged.

This week in 2020

Tipton County had 16 cases on March 30, 2020, a drive-thru testing site opened at the Tipton County Health Department, Gov. Bill Lee closed all non-essential businesses and “strongly urges” Tennesseans to stay at home to prevent the spread, the Town of Mason instituted a curfew for its citizens, local senior athletes discuss the possibility of a missed season and on April 2 Lee mandates a safer-at-home order. You can browse through our Coronavirus archive if you’d like to walk down memory lane: https://covingtonleader.com/tag/coronavirus/.

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📈 Cases

Number of cases: 7,118
Five-day positivity rate: 7.4%
Active cases: 61
Seven-day average new cases: 5.1

Deaths: 104 (-)
County fatality rate: 1.46%

Total tests processed: 52,363
PCR Positive tests: 5,997
Inactive: 6,953
Overall positivity rate: 11.5%

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

💉 Vaccinations

Vaccine recipients: 10,504, 17.14%
Fully vaccinated: 5,656, 9.23%

Vaccine availability: Moderna (all ages), Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer (18+)

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

🟢 Phase 1c
≥16 with high-risk comorbidities 

🟢 Ages 65+

🟢 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): 913
Estimated active cases in ages 5-18: 6

Week ending March 19
New cases in TCS students: 0
New cases in TCS staff: 0

See Dashboard for school-by-school breakdown 

Source: Tennessee Dept. of Health School Opening Dashboard

⚠️ Risk & Transmission

🟡 White House Task Force Risk: Yellow

🟠 HGHI/BSPH Risk Zone: Orange (9/100K)
Yesterday: 7/100K
14-Day change: Flat

Neighboring Counties
Shelby County: 11/100K
Fayette County: 10/100K
Haywood County: 3/100K
Lauderdale County: 4/100K

🟠 TN HGHI/BSPH Risk Zone: Orange (16/100K)
Ranked: 24th in the nation
Yesterday: 18/100K
14-Day change: -9%

🔵 Mean Transmission Rate Zone: Blue (.9) The blue zone is the first, and lowest, of five zones
Yesterday: .9

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

🏨 Long-term Care Facilities

Cumulative totals for the week ending March 26:

AHC Covington Care

Bert Johnston Ave., Covington
Residents: 40 (-)
Staff: 43 (-)
Total residents: 70
Last positive test: Jan. 21

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: 79 (-)
Resident deaths: 3 (-)
Staff: 63 (-)
Total residents: 105
Last positive test: Feb. 4

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

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