April 2021 was the first month in a year without a reported COVID-19 death in Tipton County.

In fact, the death toll decreased as the state worked on verifying deaths.


The last reported death was on March 9 and it brought the number of deaths to 104, but that has since been adjusted by the Tennessee Department of Health to 100. The first death was reported on May 4, 2020.

For the month of April there were 163 new confirmed cases and 157 recoveries.

Average cases per day for the month were 5.43. There were 24 new cases diagnosed in the 5-18 age group.

Through Wednesday, 23.61 percent of Tipton Countians (14,470 people) had received at least their first vaccine and 18.15 percent (11,125 people) were fully vaccinated.

Vaccination numbers across the state have slowly been decreasing, however.

Everyone over age 16 is currently eligible to receive a COVID-10 vaccine through the Tipton County Health Department or another provider, such as Miller’s Pharmacy, Walmart, Kroger or vaccine clinics like the one which takes place at Dyersburg State Community College each Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The health department now allows walk-ins, instead of appointment-only, vaccinations.

Last week, Gov. Bill Lee declared COVID a managed health emergency. As a result, local government bodies, like the City of Covington, have started meeting in person once again.

Echo Day
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