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Group gatherings are COVID hotspots

By: Lisa Hobbs -- Reporter for the Southern Standard


Where are COVID-19 hotspots in Warren County?

According to Warren County Health Department director Andrea Fox, Warren County’s hotspots are large gatherings that occur without social distancing or wearing facemasks.

“We are getting a lot more positives than we had previously when the pandemic first started,” said Fox. “There are several hotspots in the county.”

When asked by the Southern Standard to elaborate on those hotspots, Fox added, “It’s not necessarily areas. When a large group gathers, that’s where this typically spreads – especially when people don’t wear masks.” 

The Health Department offers free COVID-19 testing Monday thru Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. 

“In those few hours, over the last week or so, we’ve been conducting about 100 tests each day,” said Fox. “That’s pretty much our life as we know it right now.”

The information was provided Thursday during a county Health and Welfare Committee meeting. Fox offered a monthly report for June and was asked by commissioners the status of the Health Department due to COVID-19. 

Commissioner Joseph Stotts asked about the timeframe for test results. 

“How do you guys feel about your turnaround time on your test results?” Stotts asked. “Is that something you feel is going well in compared to other counties? I’m sure you guys don’t have complete control over that, or you may not have any control over it.”

It’s been slow, said Fox, but future tests might be faster.

“At the beginning, we felt turnaround time was really good,” she said. “All of our counties in the Upper Cumberland are using the same lab. This past Monday, we changed to a different lab. We have already gotten results from Monday and Tuesday testing with this new lab, but have not gotten some testing results from last Monday with the old lab. Hopefully, test results will get here a lot quicker. They had been backlogged 7 to 10 days. That has been the same for every county and that’s why we made the switch.”

In June, Warren County Health Department provided 2,064 services to 1,064 clients. 

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