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Franklin County has now had 86 total fatalities from COVID-19 with a new death in the area reported by the Tennessee Department of Health on Wednesday.

It was the first coronavirus fatality reported in the county for the month of March, breaking an 18-day streak with no COVID deaths reported in the county that stretched back to Feb. 26.

The county has now had 4,872 total confirmed coronavirus cases with 4,690 of those cases listed as recovered or inactive as of Wednesday, according to the data released by the TDH. As a result, there are 96 active COVID-19 cases in the county at the time of writing.

The total number of confirmed deaths from the disease in Tennessee, listed by the Tennessee Department of Health, was at 9,370 on Wednesday with another 2,288 probable deaths listed.

The Department of Health has been keeping daily statistics with 662,715 confirmed cases statewide and another 133,248 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 143,638 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Tennesseans age 31-40 are next in line with 123,362, followed by the 41-50 age bracket with 118,760.

Next in order is the 51-60 age group with 112,132 cases, followed by the 11-20 age group with 101,099, the 61-70 age division with 80,917, ages 71-80 with 47,557 cases, infants to 10-year-olds with 42,824 and seniors older than 80 with 24,637 cases.

The Department of Health lists 1,037 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.

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 with self-testing available on Mondays, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

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 6,567 coronavirus cases reported in Coffee County, 4,196 in Lincoln County, 5,981 in Bedford, 3,012 in Marion, 1,718 in Grundy and 956 in Moore.

Nationwide, 29,374,758 had contracted coronavirus with 534,099 succumbing to the disease, according to statistics the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had released on Wednesday.