County and City Mayors Respond to First Case of Covid-19 in Coffee County

County Mayor Gary Cordell, Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman and Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee response:
We have been notified by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) that a resident of Coffee County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The patient was placed in quarantine at the time of testing and has been very careful to ensure they have followed self-quarantine recommendations. This person is currently recovering at home.
This is not unexpected. Your local officials have been preparing for and expecting this for weeks. We are coordinating with the TDH and the healthcare community to make sure all Coffee County residents are protected.
The worst thing we can do during trying times like this is panic. It is important to remember that the vast majority of patients that contract this virus have a mild course of illness and recovery quickly. If you are ill with respiratory symptoms, it is very important that you call your doctor first. Do not go to the Emergency Department or any doctor’s office without calling first. We all have to work together to make sure our health care community is not overwhelmed.
We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will adapt our response as appropriate.
Here are some things you can do to help:
As mentioned, do not go to the doctor or the emergency room without calling first. Keep your hands clean and continue to practice social distancing. If you are feeling bad, stay at home. Keep an eye on our elders. They need to be staying at home as much as possible and we need to support them and keep them safe. People over the age of 65 and those with prior illness are at greatest risk so we need to come together and support them.
Again, this was not unexpected. We are prepared and are working closely with the TDH and all agencies of government at all levels to minimize the impact on the residents of Coffee County. That has been and continues to be our primary concern. We will get through this together. Of this we are certain.
Individuals with specific questions can call the TDH Information line at 877-857-2945 or 731-421-6782.
You can help everyone by practicing everyday prevention measures, in compliance with the CDC recommendations for minimizing possible exposure to COVID-19:
· Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
· Avoid contact with people who are sick.
· Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
· Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
· Clean commonly touched surfaces regularly.
· Select a room in your house to utilize if you must self-quarantine and identify someone who can bring you supplies to avoid having to make trips.
· Social distance.
· Stay informed on the latest updates.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,947 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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