SERIOUS RECORD: DICKSON COUNTY HAS BIGGEST ONE-DAY SURGE OF COVID INFECTIONS EVER
By Dave Barkholz
Dickson County Thursday had its biggest one-day surge in coronavirus infections ever, jumping 14 cases since Wednesday.
Residents are returning from vacations, weddings and family functions with the virus.
The 14 new cases in Dickson County brings to 194 the total number of positives reported here since the coronavirus was first reported in Tennessee on March 5. Some 90 people have recovered and there have been no deaths.
The coronavirus has been rolling through Dickson County over the past week, as it has through parts of Tennessee.
It had been very quiet in Dickson County through much of June and May.
Cases, however, have risen from 151 on June 25 to 194 Thursday. That’s an average of more than 6 per day.
New cases in Dickson County rose at a rate of just 1.4 per day in May.
Sherrie Booker, director of the Dickson County Health Department, said in a statement that an uptick in cases was expected as residents returned to normal activities.
She referred to comments made by Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey Wednesday that residents should redouble good habits to prevent the spread of the disease.
That includes social distancing, wearing masks in public and staying home as much as possible.
A recent spike in new coronavirus cases in Nashville and other cities statewide has officials worried that business reopenings could be interrupted in some markets.
For example, Nashville Mayor John Cooper Thursday shut all bars for 14 days and cut back on restaurant capacity from 75% to 50% in light of rising coronavirus cases in the city.