Health Department

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

It is the first death from coronavirus reported in Franklin County since the first local fatality from the disease occurred in early April.

The total number of coronavirus diagnoses in the county is at 55 with 47 of those patients having made a full recovery, according to data released by the TDH Wednesday. As a result, there are six active coronavirus cases in the county at the time of writing.

The total deaths from the disease in Tennessee, listed by the Tennessee Department of Health, was at 436 on Wednesday with 134 deaths reported in Shelby County, 80 in Davidson,  47 in Sumner, 29 in Rutherford, 19 in Hamilton, 14 in McMinn, 11 in Williamson, 10 in Wilson, seven in Robertson, six in Putnam, five in Knox,  four each in Bedford, Monroe, Montgomery and Trousdale counties, three each in Blount, Crockett, Hamblen, Macon  and Tipton counties, two each in Anderson, Bradley, Cumberland, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hardin, Hawkins, Haywood, Madison, Sevier and Sullivan counties, and one each in Benton, Bledsoe, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Gibson, Grundy, Humphreys, Lauderdale, Marion, Marshall, Obion and Smith counties.

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

The Department of Health has been keeping daily statistics with 27,869 confirmed cases statewide 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 5,866 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Tennesseans age 31-40 are next in line with 5,753, followed by the 41-50 age bracket with 4,740.

Next in order is the 51-60 age group with 3,868 cases, followed by the 11-20 age group with 2,377, the 61-70 age division with 2,197, infants to 10-year-olds with 1,115 cases, age 71-80 with 1,079 and seniors older than 80 with 717 cases.

The Department of Health lists 157 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, 2,314 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 87 coronavirus cases reported in Coffee County, 34 in Lincoln County, 346 in Bedford, 46 in Marion, 32 in Grundy and five in Moore.

Nationwide, 1,973,797 had contracted coronavirus with 112,133 succumbing to the disease, according to statistics the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had released on Wednesday.