Over the past two weeks, Crockett County has averaged 14 new COVID-19 positive cases reported daily. The previous daily average from November 18 to December 1 was 7.9 new positive cases per day.
Over the last seven days, the county has averaged 50.4 tests per day with an aver percent of positive tests being 19.3 percent.
Crockett County is considered to be in the red zone. The county has had 1,373 positive cases, accounting for 0.3 percent of all positive cases statewide, 24 hospitalizations and 29 deaths. 1,186 are considered to be inactive or recovered.
Two of the most heavily populated areas within Crockett are the schools and nursing homes.
The Crockett County School System swapped to distance learning for all students, except for high school students who were taking end of semester exams on specified in-person testing days.
According to Director of Schools Philip A. Pratt, the Crockett County School System currently has 183 students and 68 teachers and staff either on quarantine or positive for coronavirus.
“The functionality of the school system with this many teachers out is not possible,” said Pratt. “That’s 1 in 4 teachers out with not enough substitute teachers to fill in. We couldn’t operate school with what we had.”
Crockett County Schools will continue to update parents throughout Christmas break on how students will return to school in January.
Over the past two weeks 27 patients at Bells Nursing and Rehabilitation have tested positive for COVID-19. According to Director of Operations Mark Davis, BNRC’s spike in cases is currently at a stand still with cases not increasing. A few employees have tested positive as well with this being the first spike since the initial spike in April.
Alamo Nursing and Rehabilitation has seen no new positive cases within residents for several months.
Activities for nursing home patients have been limited to mostly in room or small group activities have; however in cases such as BNRC, activities have become more individualized.
“A healthy number of people have still been visiting their loved ones through the windows and Face time to help keep spirits up,” said Davis.
BNRC is now in the recovery phase from this spike and hoping to pick up more activities as the holidays approach.
Governor Bill Lee and Unified Command are still encouraging Tennesseans to wear masks, social distance, and follow CDC guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19.