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County's COVID cases continue concerning climb
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There were 217 new COVID-19 cases in Warren County on Monday, Aug. 30. 

Cases are continuing to rise.

Warren County currently has 681 active cases and over the last seven days has averaged 158 tests per day with 22.8% of those tests being positive. 

Saint Thomas River Park CEO Dale Humphrey said recently, “This is not what anyone wants to hear, but this is worse than before. The only way I can see it getting better is with mass vaccinations or with mass infections.” 

From March 5, 2020 to now, Warren County has had a total of 6,541 cases and 92 deaths, four of which occurred on Aug. 20.

High case rates caused schools to shut down until Sept. 7. Gov. Bill Lee wants to avoid transitioning to virtual learning if at all possible this year.

“This closure is an opportunity for us to reset, hope to get healthier, and return with a concentration on the well-being and education of our students,” said Director of Schools Grant Swallows. “I’m begging our families to use this time wisely.”

As of Friday, Aug. 27, a total of 228 students and 23 school employees were in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 and more than 1,000 students had been identified as being in close contact with an infected student or staff member. 

Due to the COVID-19 surge, McMinnville Mayor Ryle Chastain decided to close all public access to walk-in services and lobbies including access to City Hall, fire halls, and McMinnville Police Department. Milner Recreation Center also had to temporarily halt its group classes and large gatherings and put an occupancy limit of 15 on the Wellness Center while strictly enforcing equipment cleaning.

Tennessee as a whole has had a total of 1,042,123 confirmed cases and 13,429 COVID-19 related deaths.