Over the past several days, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Smith County has been steadily increasing.

As of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020, the Tennessee Department of Health has reported a total of 103 positive COVID-19 cases in Smith County and 54 of them are classified as active. 

Smith County Coronavirus Task Force Director Dr. Roger Duke described the recent increase in cases as “significant and troubling” in a post he shared on Facebook. 

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing, wear a cloth face covering while in public, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and wash your hands often with soap and water. 

You should also cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, stay home when you are sick, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Graphic courtesy of Dr. Roger Duke

Reliable, up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  website. 

You can also find reliable information on the Tennessee Department of Health website, which is updated daily at 2:00 p.m.

This interactive map from Johns Hopkins University tracks the number of COVID-19 cases around the world.