The number of positive cases of COVID-19 continues to rise in Smith County, and the Tennessee Department of Health reported a cluster of COVID-19 cases in a Smith County long-term care facility for the first time this week.

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 17 COVID-19 positive residents and 10 COVID-19 positive staff members at Smith County Health and Rehabilitation, located at 112 Healthcare Drive in Carthage, Tennessee.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, the “Clusters in Long Term Care Facilities” list includes nursing homes, assisted care living facilities and residential homes for the aged which are licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health and have had two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among residents and/or staff members within two incubation periods (or 28 days). 

Cases will be attributed to the facility or setting where the patient was located five days prior to symptom onset date or specimen collection date (if asymptomatic). Facilities will be removed from the list once the cluster is closed and no longer active. A cluster is closed once 28 days have passed since the last exposure to a case within the facility. 

According to a post on the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation website, every resident and staff member at the facility was tested on July 13 and 14, 2020.

Smith County Health and Rehabilitation continues to follow State and Federal guidelines from the CDC and the local Health Department. 

To view all COVID-19 updates from Smith County Health and Rehabilitation, click here. 

Visitors are currently not allowed inside the facility, as Smith County is above the threshold for COVID-19 cases. 

As of 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, the Tennessee Department of Health reported a total of 259 COVID-19 cases in Smith County. Of these positive cases, 130 are reported as recovered, and 2 deaths have been reported. 

There are 127 active COVID-19 cases in Smith County.

The Tennessee Department of Health updates COVID-19 data daily at 2:00 p.m. Click here to view the Tennessee Department of Health website. 

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.