Montgomery County had a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, which grew considerably in the last 14-day period in comparison to the previous 14 days. 

The Clarksville-Montgomery County COVID-19 dashboard showed an average of nearly 24 new cases per day for the previous 14-day period in contrast with the current 14-day period daily rate of 38.67 or a 62% increase in daily cases in the most recent two-week period.

“Our county is trending upward in the number of COVID-19 cases. We are letting our guard down by not taking the precautions our local health department and the Centers for Disease Control has asked us to take,” said Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. “It is imperative that we get back on track in and outside our homes, our places of employment and when going in and out of businesses. I am making a plea with all businesses in Montgomery County to require masks for workers and patrons just as we do in local government offices. If we all do our part, there is no need for a mandate.”

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts agreed.

“Please continue to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible and wash your hands frequently,” Pitts said. “Let’s all do our part to keep each other safe and virus free.”

Although Montgomery County remained in a good position with an adequate amount of hospital beds available, reports from the Tennessee Department of Health showed the number of COVID-19 cases were on the rise not just in Montgomery County but throughout the state. Dr. Lisa Piercey, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, announced Oct. 20 that hospitalizations increased to more than 50% in Tennessee since Oct. 1. Reports indicated some hospitals across the state struggle to keep up with the number of intensive-care-unit beds needed to care for COVID-19-related patients. 

“It is important not to gather with family and friends who have underlying conditions that make them more susceptible to dire COVID-19 consequences,” said Montgomery County health director Joey Smith. “These conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart conditions, immune-compromised state, obesity and severe obesity, sickle cell disease, smoking and Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Fifty-one of our residents have died this year from COVID-19. Even small gatherings can be opportune places for the virus to spread. It is our individual responsibility to do all we can to protect those who are most at risk.”

Gov. Bill Lee also announced Oct. 20 the Tennessee Department of Health made COVID-19-related updates to its website to include a dashboard for each county in the state.

“It’s that time of year when people are experiencing sinus issues, and the flu season has also started, so we need to be more cautious than ever about our health. Although COVID-19 is not the flu or sinuses, the initial symptoms can be very similar. It is important to get tested for COVID-19, so we can stop the spread of this virus and stay home if you are experiencing symptoms until you have your test results,” said Smith.

Free testing by the Montgomery County Health Department is available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Civitan Park at 650 Bellamy Lane.

To see the latest COVID-19 reports on Montgomery County, visit mcgtn.org.

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