COVID-19 numbers are on the rise once again. The week of July 17-23, Tennessee averaged 2,888 positive cases out of 6,182 tests per day. Seven cases per day resulted in hospitalization, and 13 resulted in death.
In Carroll County, there was a total of 50 new cases July 17-23. The county averaged 22.3 tests per day with average positive rate of 32.1% according to the Tennessee Health Department.
Henry County had a total of 37 new cases July 17-23. The county averaged 16.7 tests per day, with a 31.6% positive rate.
Weakley County had 36 new cases July 17-23. The county averaged 16.9 tests per day, with an average positive rate of 30.5%.
Tennessee’s daily counts of positive COVID-19 cases in July exceeded all daily counts within 120 days. The number of positive cases mirror the number from early February 2022.
The CDC recommends patients isolate for a minimum of five days after testing positive for the virus. Individuals coming in contact with the virus are advised to quarantine at home for up to five days beyond last exposure unless up-to-date on vaccinations or infected with COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Tennessee doctors can now prescribe Molnupiravir or Paxlovid™ to patients testing positive for COVID-19 to minimize the virus’s severe outcomes.
The Henry County Medical Center recently reinstated its masking policy following the increase in COVID-19 cases among staff and the surrounding community. The current strain is considered hypercontagious and represents 65% of the cases according to the CDC.