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CRMC has four patients, two employees with COVID-19; Putnam count remains at 24


March 31, 2020 BY LINDSAY MCREYNOLDS

Reporter for Herald-Citizen in Putnam County

Cookeville Regional Medical Center has four patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and a second employee who has tested positive, according to CRMC Director of Community Relations Melahn Finley. "All four (patients) are stable," she said. "Only one is in ICU." "This one (employee) and the first one remain home in isolation," Finley said. Finley didn't have a number on how many COVID-19 test results are still outstanding. "Since we are testing at the medical providers' discretion, we continually have test results in the queue that we are waiting on," Finley said. In Putnam County, the number of people testing positive Tuesday for COVID-19 remains at 24, the same number as Monday, according to the Tennessee Department of Health; 207 people tested negative. Statewide, 2,239 people have tested positive as of Tuesday; 25,121 people have tested negative. In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Bill Lee, said the state department of health website had added the negative results by county and projected number of patients recovered from COVID-19. Across the state 23 people have died, and 175 have been hospitalized; 121 people have recovered from the virus. "We've already lost 23 (lives); there will be many more," Gov. Lee said about COVID-19 deaths. "I'm deeply concerned about the lives of every single Tennessean." Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said Tuesday that the number of deaths per county should be available by the end of the week. Testing results in the following Upper Cumberland counties according to TDH are 0 positive, 7 negative in Pickett; 2 positive, 61 negative in Overton; 4 positive, 57 negative in Macon; 0 positive, 25 negative in Jackson; 1 positive, 44 negative in Fentress; 4 positive, 48 negative in DeKalb; 11 positive, 241 negative in Cumberland; 2 positive, 69 negative in Smith; and 0 positive, 22 negative in Clay County. Gov. Bill Lee's statewide safer at home order that restricts certain businesses from operating began at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and continues until April 14. Businesses included in that order are barber shops, salons, recreational and entertainment.

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