Coronavirus

Franklin County now has 17 confirmed coronavirus cases and one death from the disease, according to statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Health at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester had also confirmed on Thursday that one death had occurred at the hospital.

The total deaths from the disease in Tennessee, listed by the Tennessee Department of Health, was at 72 on Tuesday and 79 today with 18 deaths reported in Sumner County, 17 in Shelby County, nine in Hamilton, 13 in Davidson, three each in Knox and Rutherford counties, two in Blount and Montgomery counties, three in Williamson County, and one each in Franklin, Greene, Macon, Hawkins, Marion, Obion, Sullivan, Anderson and Trousdale counties. Thirty-one pending cases are not linked to any county.

The Department of Health has been keeping daily statistics with 3,802 confirmed cases statewide on Monday, 4,138 on Tuesday and 4,362 today, an increase of 224 from Tuesday.

Statewide coronavirus records are also broken down into age categories.

The age group with the highest number is the 21-30 year bracket with 943 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Tennesseans age 51-60 are next in line with 803, followed by the 31-40 age bracket with 705.

Next in order is the 41-50 age group with 674 cases, followed by the 61-70 age division with 542, the 71-80 age group with 268, age 11-20 with 208, older than age 80 with 143 cases and infants to 10-year-olds with 53 cases.

The Department of Health lists 23 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, 125 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 and to set up an appointment. She added that strict social-distancing practices are in place due to the coronavirus threat.

In addition to Franklin County, seven coronavirus cases have been reported in Coffee County, seven in Lincoln County, 12 in Bedford, 16 in Grundy, 21 in Marion. Neighboring Moore County has had no confirmed coronavirus cases.

Nationwide, 395,011 had contracted coronavirus with 12,754 succumbing to the disease, according to statistics the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had released at noon on Wednesday.