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April 16 COVID-19 Update: State Has 6,262 Cases, 141 Dead

No Increase in Carroll, Henry, Weakley Cases

NASHVILLE (April 16, 2020) — Carroll County has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (up from 10 one week earlier). Weakley County has six cases (five one week earlier) and Henry County has eight (six one week earlier).
Tennessee now has 6,262 persons (up from 4,634 a week ago) who have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as of 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2020. There are 141 dead (up from 94 a week ago) and 691 hospitalized (505 one week ago) from the virus. 85,049 have been tested in the state. Every Tennessee county has at least one positive case except Crockett. Shelby has the most at 1,492 and Davidson is at 1,307.
Carroll County had 228 to test negative, while Henry County had 174 and Weakley County had 161.
Former State Trooper Adam Killion of Paris is hospitalized with a diagnosis of COVID-19 and is recovering at Vanderbilt Hospital.
Nationwide, there are a total of 653,825 cases with 30,998 deaths.
Among other west Tennessee counties, Tipton has the most cases with 54, followed by Fayette with 42 (one death), Madison 73, Gibson 25, Dyer 24, Obion 8 (one death), Chester 6, Hardeman 7, Benton 4, Haywood 12 (one death), McNairy 9, Hardin 4, Lauderdale 12, Henderson 2, Lake 4 and Decatur 3.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. 
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It is ten times more deadly than influenza.
Governor Bill Lee announced Monday the “Safer at Home” mandate imposed April 2 has been extended to April 30. The Governor said that until a treatment is available, possibly a year or more in the future, social or physical distancing will be part of Tennesseans' daily lives. In the coming weeks, Governor Lee said the newly assembled economic recovery group will develop a plan for businesses to move forward in a world where the virus is present.
Governor Lee announced Wednesday the Tennessee Department of Health will offer 33 drive-through events this weekend to make COVID-19 testing available to any Tennessean concerned about their health or the health of their family members. He also recommended Tennessee schools remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Huntingdon Special School District announced today it is following the Governor’s recommendation to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 


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