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Warren County receives first positive COVID-19 infection
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There is officially a coronavirus case in Warren County.

According to figures released at 2 p.m. daily by the Tennessee Department of Health, Warren County is listed as having one confirmed coronavirus case on Monday.

No information has been released about the identity of the Warren County resident who has contracted COVID-19.

There are now 1,834 confirmed cases in Tennessee with 148 hospitalizations and 13 deaths, the state reports. There are cases in 77 of the state’s 95 counties.

With a case now in our community, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital CEO Dale Humphrey says local residents need to take distancing guidelines seriously.

“People need to physically distance themselves and stay at home,” said Humphrey. “The more we interact with others, the more this virus has a chance to spread.”

In terms of healthcare accessibility, Humphrey said the staff at River Park has been preparing for worst-case scenarios. He said the fact our local hospital is owned by Saint Thomas is a tremendous asset.

“We have plenty of capacity at the hospital right now,” said Humphrey. “If the world gets crazy and every nook and cranny of hospital space is taken in other communities and we can’t send anybody out, we’re making plans to care for everyone right here. We’re trained to rise to the occasion and that’s what we plan on doing. We certainly hope we don’t get to that point, but we’ll be ready if we do.”

Ventilators are in short supply nationally, but Humphrey says we are in fine shape locally with the number of ventilators River Park has on hand. Ventilators are crucial in treating acute cases of COVID-19.