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The Winchester City Council is shown conducting business on June 9. Councilman Willie Womack is on the far right.


The Winchester City Council is going back to holding public meetings on the Zoom video-conferencing service after City Councilman Willie Womack contracted COVID-19.

Councilman Womack was in the intensive care unit Monday at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.

City Administrator Beth Rhoton said that a decision was made to conduct city business on Zoom after Council Womack had become afflicted with the disease.

The city had initially been holding meetings via Zoom just after the pandemic had reached the immediate area in March but later allowed small gatherings with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social-distancing guidelines being strictly followed.

Franklin County has now had 213 total confirmed coronavirus cases and three deaths from the disease, according to statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Health on Monday.

Of those 213 coronavirus patients in the county, 114 are listed as recovered as of Monday, according to the data released by the TDH. As a result, there are 96 active coronavirus cases in the county at the time of writing.

There were 15 new coronavirus cases reported in Franklin County on Sunday, breaking the previous record of 12 cases in a day which was set on July 19.

The total number of confirmed deaths from the disease in Tennessee, listed by the Tennessee Department of Health, was at 943 on Sunday with another 35 probable deaths listed.

The distribution of deaths in the state included 264 deaths reported in Shelby County, 188 in Davidson, 68 in Sumner, 48 in Rutherford, 44 in Hamilton, 26 in Knox, 21 in Williamson, 20 each in McMinn and Wilson counties, 16 in Robertson, 12 in Macon, 11 each in Hardeman and Putnam counties, 10 each in Bedford, Bradley, Hamblen and Madison counties, nine in Montgomery, eight each in Fayette and Tipton counties, seven each in Blount, Hardin and Monroe counties, six each in Cumberland, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Sullivan and Trousdale counties, five each in Dyer, Giles and Greene counties, four each in Anderson, Carter, Cheatham, Haywood, Marion, Maury, Obion and Sevier counties, three each in Crockett, Franklin, Humphreys, Loudon, Warren and White counties, two each in Carroll, Grundy, Hawkins, Jefferson, Marshall, McNairy and Smith counties and one each in Benton, Bledsoe, Campbell, Cocke, DeKalb, Dickson, Gibson, Henry, Lewis, Lincoln Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Rhea, Roane, Wayne and Weakley counties.

There were also 13 deaths in Tennessee from out-of-state residents.

The Department of Health has been keeping daily statistics with 95,433 confirmed cases statewide and another 1,056 probable cases as of Monday.

Statewide coronavirus records are also broken down into age categories.

The age group with the highest number is the 21-30 year bracket with 22,863 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Tennesseans age 31-40 are next in line with 17,879, followed by the 41-50 age bracket with 15,037.

Next in order is the 51-60 age group with 11,968 cases, followed by the 11-20 age group with 10,857, the 61-70 age division with 7,270, infants to 10-year-olds with 4,494 cases, age 71-80 with 3,835 and seniors older than 80 with 2,112 cases.

The Department of Health lists 174 pending cases not linked to age groups.

As a result of the disease’s presence in the immediate area, the Health Department is offering coronavirus tests, Public Information Officer Amanda Goodhard said.

Goodhard said that anyone with breathing conditions and other flu-like symptoms common with COVID-19 should first consult with their physician, who can probably administer a coronavirus test.

If that isn’t an option, testing can be done at the Health Department’s office at 266 Joyce Lane in Winchester, she said.

As of Monday, 5,422 tests administered in Franklin County showed negative coronavirus results.

Goodhard said anyone wishing to access the Health Department should call 931-967-3826 for further information. Testing is now being conducted in collaboration with the Tennessee National Guard from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Goodhard said that strict social-distancing practices are in place due to the coronavirus threat.

In addition to Franklin County, there have been 309 coronavirus cases reported in Coffee County, 197 in Lincoln County, 783 in Bedford, 175 in Marion, 87 in Grundy and 37 in Moore.

Nationwide, 4,163,892 had contracted coronavirus with 145,942 succumbing to the disease, according to statistics the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had released on Sunday.