QUITE THE OPPOSITE: RATE OF COVID CASES IN DICKSON COUNTY HAS FALLEN SINCE BUSINESS REOPENINGS
By Dave Barkholz
The rate of coronavirus infection in Dickson County has fallen in the month since businesses started reopening here on April 27.
The county had 63 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus on April 24, the Friday before restaurants reopened at half capacity on April 27.
In the 29 days since, the county has seen 38 additional confirmed cases for an average rate per day of 1.3 cases. Before the business reopening, the rate of increase in Dickson County was 1.8 per day.
Health officials were concerned the business reopening would cause a surge in new cases. A surge has not materialized.
Dickson Mayor Don Weiss and county Mayor Bob Rial have attributed the low infection rate to residents taking seriously hygiene practices and social-distancing.
Notably, Dickson County has not had a single COVID-related death.
It is the fifth most populous county in Tennessee with that distinction. The county has about 55,000 people.
In all, 54 county residents have recovered from the coronavirus, leaving the county Saturday with 47 active cases.