The Tennessee Department of Health has released its latest statistics related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
As of 3 p.m. Monday, Tennessee has compiled a total of 3,802 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and 65 fatalities. A total of 47,350 tests have been completed so far.
Monroe County’s position has not changed, as it remains at six cases out of 138 tests.
“We are at six cases and, comparatively speaking in East Tennessee and in rural counties, we are running about average,” Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram said. “We have tested, I believe, over 113 that I know of at this point and six of those have come back positive.”
Ingram said it wouldn’t surprise him if that number rose a bit more in the near future.
“We expect to get a few more in the next week or so but that is kind of where we are at,” he said. “It is obviously six more than what we would like to have but obviously there are other counties with higher numbers.”
Monroe shares a border with the following affected counties: McMinn (3 cases); Loudon (13); Polk (3); Blount (38).
The Tennessee counties with 50 or more reported cases are Davidson (819 cases); Hamilton (83); Knox (119); Montgomery (54); Putnam (55); Robertson (60); Rutherford (161); Shelby (766); Sumner (335); Williamson (260) and Wilson (97).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made the following information available to help educate the public about the virus.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and the virus is believed to mainly be spread from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet). Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) strongly encourages taking the following steps to protect yourself and those around you:
• Clean your hands often — Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact — This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick — the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions.
• Stay home if you’re sick — The only exception would be if a person needs to receive medical care.
• Cover coughs and sneezes — Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands.
• Wear a facemask if you are sick — A mask should be worn when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask for any reason, do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes.
• Clean and disinfect daily — This includes frequently-touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.