By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ
COOKEVILLE – COVID numbers are continuing to drop in Putnam County where there are only seven active cases countywide. This decline in the number of cases is also being seen at Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC), where the average number of COVID patients has reached a new weekly low of two patients per day as of July 11.
These numbers show no spike in cases resulting from the Fourth of July holiday and show the continued decrease since the slight increase following the Memorial Day holiday.
Case counts have actually dropped by over 50% in recent weeks, with 10 cases testing positive between June 29 and July 12, down from 22 cases testing positive in the 14 days prior between June 15 and June 28. Testing has averaged 40.3 tests per day.
Putnam County has now had 11,847 cases of COVID. Of those 220 (1.8%) were hospitalized and there were 180 (1.5%) deaths. The current county rate of recovery from COVID is 98.4%.
According to figures from the Tennessee Department of Health, 37% of the residents in Putnam County have received their complete COVID regimen, whether the one dose Johnson & Johnson or Janssen vaccine or the two dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. A total of 60,964 doses of the vaccine have now been given in Putnam County.
Health officials still recommend the wearing of masks by persons who are not fully vaccinated.