By David Knox
COVID-19 has finally struck close to home.
Three confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed by the Moore County Department of Health as of April 23.
The health department does not release names or other information. However, one case did cause Woodard’s to close for a day and do an extensive cleaning before reopening for business.
The state of Tennessee had 7,842 cases as of April 22, with 166 deaths.
The three Moore County cases come as some states, including Tennessee, “reopening” certain businesses in some areas and regions next week.
Lee said Monday that will allow the state’s “Safer-at-Home” order to expire on April 30 with most businesses in 89 counties allowed to reopen on May 1.
“Our Economic Recovery Group is working with industry leaders around the clock so that some businesses can open as soon as Monday, April 27,” Lee said in a press release. “These businesses will open according to specific guidance that we will provide in accordance with state and national experts in both medicine and business.”
Lee emphasized that even though businesses will be reopening, it’s important for social distancing guidelines to remain in place.
The governor said his office will work with Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan counties and their health departments as they plan their own re-open strategies.
“While I am not extending the safer at home order past the end of April, we are working directly with our major metropolitan areas to ensure they are in a position to reopen as soon and safely as possible,” said Lee. “Social distancing works, and as we open up our economy it will be more important than ever that we keep social distancing as lives and livelihoods depend on it.”
The U.S. had about 855,000 cases of COVID-19 with about 48,000 deaths as of the morning of April 23. Worldwide, some 185,000 have died.
You can get a test for the coronavirus free of charge Monday-Friday at the Metro Moore County Health Dept. Please call ahead to make arrangements at 931-759-4251.