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Franklin County has now had 53 total fatalities from COVID-19 with two new deaths in the area reported by the Tennessee Department of Health on Wednesday.

There have been five reported COVID-19 deaths in Franklin County so far in January.

The county has now had 3,970 total confirmed coronavirus cases with 3,545 of those cases listed as recovered or inactive as of Wednesday, according to the data released by the TDH. As a result, there are 372 active COVID-19 cases in the county at the time of writing.

The number of active cases in the county dropped below 400 for the first time since Dec. 13. There has been an overall decrease of 33 active cases since Jan. 6.

The total number of confirmed deaths from the disease in Tennessee, listed by the Tennessee Department of Health, was at 6,856 on Wednesday with another 1,292 probable deaths listed.

The Department of Health has been keeping daily statistics with 572,619 confirmed cases statewide and another 92,880 probable cases as of Wednesday.

Statewide coronavirus records are also broken down into age categories.

The age group with the highest number is the 21-30 year bracket with 121,677 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Tennesseans age 31-40 are next in line with 103,658, followed by the 41-50 age bracket with 99,551.

Next in order is the 51-60 age group with 93,240 cases, followed by the 11-20 age group with 83,784, the 61-70 age division with 67,149, ages 71-80 with 40,191 cases, infants to 10-year-olds with 34,063 and seniors older than 80 with 21,204 cases.

The Department of Health lists 982 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 Wednesday, 28,526 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. Normal testing hours are from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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

In addition to Franklin County, there have been 5,466 coronavirus cases reported in Coffee County, 3,672 in Lincoln County, 5,160 in Bedford, 2,186 in Marion, 1,371 in Grundy and 782 in Moore.

Nationwide, 22,740,142 had contracted coronavirus with 379,255 succumbing to the disease, according to statistics the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had released on Wednesday.