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Williamson County leaders are on a quest to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson announced the county-wide mask mandate has been extended until February 27 at 11:59 p.m. The decision was made after speaking with county-wide and state government and health department officials.
In addition, the CDC is advising everyone to limit their New Year's holiday gatherings to only include those in their households.
National, state and county health officials attribute the December surge in positive tests to gatherings attended over the Thanksgiving holiday. They also anticipate the number of positive cases could rise substantially in the coming days as a result of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday celebrations.
As of Sunday, Williamson County’s COVID-19 numbers were 17,072 total cases, 119 deaths, 193 hospitalized, and 14,656 inactive or recovered. In the prior seven days, the county averaged 1,150 tests per day with 17.2 percent of those tests results being positive for COVID-19.
Sunday’s numbers also reflect 2,297 active cases in the county with 66 new cases in the prior 24 hours.
The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 564,080 as of Sunday, December 27, 2020 including 6,512 deaths, 2,813 current hospitalizations and 480,227 recovered. Percent positive for Sunday was 18.14%.
Subject to certain exceptions, county citizens are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth in all public areas of commercial business establishments; all publicly-accessible areas of business offices where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained; and in public outdoor areas where social distancing of at least six feet from individuals outside one’s own family or household cannot be maintained.
According to the mask mandate order, children 12 years of age or younger are not required to wear a face covering. There is also an exception for those who cannot safely wear a face covering due to trouble breathing because of an underlying health condition, or due to other medical or health-related reasons along with those who are incapacitated making them incapable of removing their own mask.
While it is encouraged to deter the spread of the virus, residents are only required to wear a mask to church if the church requires one.
The COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Tennessee in mid December. The initial shipment went to frontline hospital health care workers, first responders, long-term care facility residents and staff, home health providers, and student health providers.
While the COVID-19 vaccine will be free to anyone who wishes to get one, the vaccine will be made available in phases with those most at risk receiving priority. The Tennessee Department of Health advises you receive the vaccine, you should practice social distancing, wear a mask when around others, wash your hands, and avoid being around others who are sick.
You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine online at https://covid19.tn.gov/prevention/vaccine/.
You can find out more about COVID-19 in Tennessee online at https://covid19.tn.gov/data/dashboards/.