By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ
COOKEVILLE – Overton County now has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, the Tennessee Department of Health announced today. The total now stands at 13 confirmed cases in the Upper Cumberland with three in Cumberland, one in DeKalb and eight in Putnam County.
The state has now tested over 11,000 people and has 667 confirmed positive cases.
Gov. Bill Lee announced during today’s COVID-19 press conference that he had activated 250 national guard soldiers, of whom 150 are medically trained, to staff 35 remote assessment sites to be located in rural areas. The sites are currently being developed and a list of locations can be found here.
Lee emphasized that these soldiers are not being pulled from jobs in the medical profession, but are soldiers working in other industries that have military medical training.
Putnam County Health Department will have drive-thru testing available on Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at their location at 701 County Services Dr., Cookeville.
Monday, PCHD did 58 tests during their two hour clinic. Results are now expected back in 5-10 days due to the huge increase in the numbers being tested.
Statewide coronavirus numbers can be found here. The statewide numbers for positive tests will be updated daily at 2 p.m.