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Pandemic passes two-year mark
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Saint Thomas River Park Hospital CEO Dale Humphrey was one of the many local officials to provide updates during weekly coronavirus press conferences at the height of the pandemic.

As of March 5, it has been two years since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 reached Tennessee and it has been a whirlwind of activity since.

When COVID first hit, many businesses were forced to temporarily close, hospitals were packed to capacity, and schools integrated virtual learning.

Unemployment briefly soared and the government sent out stimulus checks to families and businesses, triggering the first stages of inflation.

The first confirmed case in Tennessee was an adult male from Williamson County who had recently traveled out of state. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 13, 2020. Officials reported the first COVID-related death in Tennessee on March 20, 2020.

Over the past two years, there have been 2,006,508 confirmed cases in Tennessee and a total of 24,483 deaths. 

In Warren County, according to the Tennessee Department of Health, as of Feb. 26 there have been a total of 12,936 confirmed cases since March 5, 2020. Feb. 26 is the last date numbers have been updated by the state.

A total of 167 COVID-related deaths have occurred in Warren County and a total of 12,657 have recovered from the virus. 

The age groups in Warren County with the highest case rates are ages 21-30, followed closely by ages 11-20. 

The first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in December of 2020, and millions of Americans have rolled up their sleeves and been vaccinated since then. In Warren County there have been a total of 44,132 doses administered. There are 19,993 people vaccinated with at least one dose, and there are 17,869 people fully vaccinated. 

Over the past two years, different variants of the virus have emerged. The omicron variant was first detected in the U.S. in December 2021 and the delta variant emerged during the summer of 2021. Vaccine booster shots were encouraged to help people become extra protected against the virus. 

Two years later and the virus is still prevalent in the Tennessee and all over the country. The CDC reports that since March 5, 2020 there have been a total of 79 million cases and a total of 955,958 COVID-19 related deaths in America.