More cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Robertson County as testing efforts also ramp up.
The county had 25 total coronavirus cases as of Sunday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
NorthCrest Medical Center President and CEO Randy Davis said in a March 22 press briefing that he expected to see an increase in positive cases this past week. His facility was awaiting results from at least 50 backlogged tests and treating patients exhibiting symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.
Drive-thru coronavirus testing began at the Robertson County Fairgrounds on Monday, March 23. While testing is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., only those with symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing will be accepted due to limited supplies.
“I know it’s very serious and everyone wants to be tested, but they are only doing it to the ones that have the symptoms,” Robertson County Mayor Billy Vogle said Monday in his daily YouTube update. “I ask you to pray for your neighbor and help your neighbor. We will all get through this.”
Davis, speaking during the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee Break Breakdown on Wednesday, said results from the Fairgrounds tests usually come back in two days or less. Northcrest Care Center is also conducting tests for people with symptoms, but many of its tests must be sent to commercial labs, where the turnaround time can be up to 12 days.
The National Guard started assisting with crowd control and traffic at the Fairgrounds on Thursday, March 26, allowing local law enforcement agencies to continue serving the county as usual.
Amanda Porter, Chief of Operations for Robertson County Emergency Management, said the county is working “tirelessly” to secure more personal protective equipment (PPE) for area first responders and medical workers. As of Friday, the county had received 6,000 items of PPE and put in an order for 30,000 more.
Tennessee had 1,537 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, up 164 cases from the 1,373 reported on Saturday. Davidson County leads the state with 260.
The Tennessee Department of Health also reported 133 hospitalizations and seven fatalities.
Between state, commercial and private laboratories, 20,574 COVID-19 tests have been completed in Tennessee and 19,037 came back negative.
Of the 1,537 confirmed cases, 17 patients are ages 0-10, 80 are 11-20, 380 are 21-30, 239 are 31-40, 262 are 41-50, 239 are 51-60, 176 are 61-70, 97 are 71-80, 33 are 80-plus and 14 are pending.