The number of COVID-19 cases in Robertson County continues to rise nearly every day, though the area has avoided any significant spikes so far and nearly half of the infected have already recovered.
Robertson County has 84 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. Forty-one people have made full recoveries, and the state has yet to report any coronavirus-related deaths in the county.
County Mayor Billy Vogle reminded the public not to read too much into the daily numbers. He encouraged residents to continue to follow Gov. Bill Lee’s stay-at-home mandate even if the case count remains low relative to other counties.
“Please do all you can to stay home and stay safe,” he said Tuesday in his daily YouTube update. “If we can ever get these numbers (leveled) out, that doesn’t mean we need to take a victory lap. We need to keep working at this and be sure we are going to get this disease behind us in Robertson County, Tennessee and our whole nation.”
NorthCrest Medical Center had 14 patients displaying coronavirus symptoms as of Wednesday, April 8. Four patients tested positive, while the other 10 were awaiting results. Two patients were intubated and put on ventilators.
Because the number of hospitalizations has risen over the last two weeks, NorthCrest CEO and President Randy Davis enacted the facility’s disaster plan. That included the creation of an overflow ICU for COVID-19 patients. The area is not active yet but has a full staffing plan in place if it must be used.
Length of ventilator need is another concern for the hospital. Although demand is still low, some patients remain on ventilators for up to two weeks, which could cause a shortage.
“We are seeing that (with) these COVID patients, once you put them on a (ventilator), it’s really difficult to get them off,” Davis said. “They stay on them for a really long time.”
Overall, the state reported 792 completed tests from Robertson County, 708 of which were negative. Testing is available for those with symptoms each weekday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Robertson County Fairgrounds.
Tennessee currently has 5,308 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 101 deaths. Sumner County leads the state with 22 deaths.
Ninety-two percent of the 70,747 tests completed across the state have come back negative.
Vogle also dispelled any thought that the county was running low on personal protective equipment. He said the area is well-stocked with PPE and that more supplies arrive daily from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
“Protective gear has been here from day No. 1,” he said on Tuesday. “We haven’t run out anywhere. Everyone has masks and gloves, and we are getting stuff from TEMA daily. Hot spots are probably getting more than us, but they need it more.”
Ellen Kennedy contributed to this report.