The number of Montgomery County COVID-19 cases rose to three on Friday, March 20, including one child, according to health officials.
The one child diagnosed with the disease is a student at East Montgomery Elementary School, according to a message released from the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System on Friday (CMCSS).
CMCSS officials said the Montgomery County Health Department announced it had received notification from the Tennessee Department of Health that they had a confirmed case of an individual who tested positive with COVID-19.
“As part of its protocol, the County's Disease Investigation Team made successful contact with the mother of the individual who tested positive,” the CMCSS release said. “While interviewing the mother of the child, the Health Department learned that the child attends East Montgomery Elementary School and was present for a half-day on March 12, 2020.”
People who had contact with the student has had resources made available to them from the Montgomery County Health Department, which is reportedly working to ensure that all persons at risk of infection from this case are identified so they can be contacted.
The Tennessee Department of Health is posting the latest number of COVID-19 cases from each county daily on its web-site.
On Friday, March 20, there were 228 cases confirmed in Tennessee; three in Montgomery County, including the elementary student. The child is one of three Tennessean children up to age 10 confirmed with coronavirus so far.
The largest bracket is 72 cases for ages 21-30, according to TN.gov/health
Area testing for COVID-19
If you call your medical provider and mention that you are sick and may need to be tested, they can triage and assess your condition and arrange to do a nasal pharyngeal swab for coronavirus if you have the COVID-19 symptoms, according to area health officials.
Montgomery County Public Health Director, Joey Smith said that medical personnel are following the same protocol with testing for COVID-19 they practice with any other sickness, meaning that tests are given based on symptoms.
Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath and individuals who have the symptoms will be tested for the virus.
“If we swabbed people who are just curious, with no symptoms, that could put undue strain on the health care system, slow the process of getting lab test results and could put people at higher risk,” Smith said in a release from the county. “The County Health Department and other medical facilities are triaging and assessing people who come through the doors, but do not conduct nasal swabs for persons who do not exhibit the symptoms.”
Smith said local medical providers can provide nose or nasal pharyngeal swabs that are sent out to a lab for COVID-19 testing for those who exhibit the symptoms described by the Centers for Disease Control.
Once tested, a patient who presents the symptoms, is asked to self-quarantine until their results are returned.
The County Health Department is operating a drive-thru testing site for coronavirus for individuals exhibiting symptoms.