The information below is related to the coronavirus in the Rutherford County area, as well as information related to testing in Bedford, Cannon, Coffee and Warren counties.  

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Note: The state does not provide city-level data. The county does not release the number of those currently hospitalized due to the virus. 

6,072 total cases in Rutherford County

There have been 6,072 reported cases of COVID-19 in Rutherford County as of 2 p.m. Monday, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. That was up from 6,042 cases on Sunday.

Monday’s case totals: 

  • 6,072 confirmed.
  • 3,306 recovered.
  • 2,713 active cases.
  • 53 deaths.
  • 45,032 negative tests.

Up-to-date monthly totals:

  • 173 new cases.
  • Two deaths.
  • 190 recovered cases.
  • 1,732 negative tests.

Rutherford County announced its first positive case on March 13, reported a single-day high in new cases on July 23 with 188 new cases and has the third most total cases of any county in the state. 

The average new infection rate in Rutherford County over a 14-day stretch on Friday was at 35.23 per 100,000 residents, according to a report from the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency The average of new cases per day over 14 days by Friday was 117.07.

The same county EMA report said Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro had 27 beds available Friday while TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna had 74 available beds. The county also had five adult intensive care unit beds available, nine neonatal intensive care unit beds available, and 58 total beds available for dedicated emergencies.

Bedford, Cannon, Coffee and Warren counties see new positive cases

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,009 new cases of the coronavirus statewide Monday. 

Since the pandemic began, there have been 110,636 reported coronavirus cases in Tennessee, with 4,808 hospitalizations, 70,878 recoveries and 1,092 deaths. There are 38,666 active cases as of Monday. 

The average age for those with confirmed cases of the COVID-19 is 39.

For communities surrounding Rutherford, the following figures were released:

  • 871 total cases in Bedford County, 230 active cases, 6,431 negative tests, 631 recovered cases, 10 deaths
  • 118 total cases in Cannon County, 49 active cases, 1,997 negative tests, 69 recovered cases
  • 417 total cases in Coffee County, 223 active cases, 8,538 negative tests, 192 recovered cases, 2 deaths
  • 403 total cases in Warren County, 184 active cases, 7,139 negative tests, 215 recovered cases, 4 deaths

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What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How to protect yourself from coronavirus

The CDC and other medical experts recommend you:

  • Wear a mask or some sort of face-covering when out in public.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough and/or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Medical experts recommend washing for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) may be used if soap and water are not readily available. 

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