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TDH: Negative test not necessary to return to work after COVID-19

TDH: Negative test not necessary to return to work after COVID-19

The Tennessee Department of Health now recommends that individuals infected with COVID-19 should isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days (including 72 hours symptom-free). Reports indicate that there is no requirement to have a negative laboratory result to be released from isolation, as long as these time and symptom criteria are met. In other words, you don’t have to test negative to return to work, as long as you follow the Department of Health guidelines. State Epodemiologist John Dunn says, “When an individual has a positive laboratory result indicating current infection with COVID19, TDH requires them to...

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Active COVID-19 count in Coffee County at 234

Active COVID-19 count in Coffee County at 234

As Thunder Radio news reported to you at thunder1320.com Friday afternoon, there have now been two COVID-19 related deaths in Coffee County – the first two since the pandemic began. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, there are now 234 active cases in Coffee County, according to Tennessee Department of Health. Coffee County’s population is approximately 57,000. Statewide, hospital capacity numbers continue to look good. As of Aug. 1, ICU bed capacity is at 17%, while available ventilators capacity is at 68% and available floor beds are at 23% capacity. Since testing began in March, approximately 411 positive tests have...

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Coffee Co. Schools employee tests positive for COVID virus

Coffee Co. Schools employee tests positive for COVID virus

Coffee County Schools confirmed to Thunder Radio news Friday that the school system has experienced its first confirmed COVID-19 case in an employee since the work calendar began for the 2020-2021 school year. Director of Schools Dr. Charles Lawson said the school district is working with school personnel and the health department to identify and quarantine anyone who may be classified as a close contact to that person. “The district has worked closely with our COVID liaison in order to establish a protocol for these situations and this path of notification is moving forward,” explained Lawson. “The district is...

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Lynchburg Music Festival still set for October; Josh Turner to perform

Lynchburg Music Festival still set for October; Josh Turner to perform

Lynchburg Music Fest, which is heading into its second year in existence, still intends to take place Oct. 2-4 in Moore County. The festival began announcing performers recently, including country music star Josh Turner and Kip Moore. Also confirmed to perform will be Manchester’s own Sarah Pearson, who recently released her second single: “Saddle up.” (Pictured below are Josh Turner and Sarah Pearson)  ...

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Schools return Monday; officials remind drivers to watch for school zones

Schools return Monday; officials remind drivers to watch for school zones

Monday is an abbreviated day of school in the area, with Manchester and Coffee County School systems each beginning the 2020-2021 school year. Each system will return for a full day on Wednesday. With schools returning to session for the first time since mid-March, local law enforcement officials want to remind drivers to be mindful of school zones, students who may be walking and stopped school...

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BREAKING: First two COVID-19 related deaths reported in Coffee County

BREAKING: First two COVID-19 related deaths reported in Coffee County

1:35 p.m., July 31: Thunder Radio News has learned that Coffee County now has two COVID-19 related deaths. These are the first reported deaths related to COVID-19 virus in Coffee County since the pandemic began earlier this spring. This information has not been released by the Tennessee Department of Health as of 1:30 p.m. Friday. However, Thunder Radio News was able to independently confirm this information with two officials privy to the data, but not authorized to speak to the media. As of 2 p.m. Thursday, there were 188 active cases of COVID-19 in Coffee County, according to TDH....

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Manchester, Coffee County Schools release hybrid plan details

Manchester, Coffee County Schools release hybrid plan details

Coffee County Schools and Manchester City Schools released a joint statement Thursday that explains what a hybrid school schedule will look like in the case that active COVID-19 cases are to reach .5 percent of Coffee County’s population. As part of the re-entry plan to school, each system agreed that they will offer regular school schedule if the COVID-19 active cases remain below 0.5 percent of the active population of Coffee County. If the count reaches 0.5 percent through 1.0 percent, there will be a hybrid plan in place. If  the active count surpasses 1.0 percent, schools will not...

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Active COVID-19 cases in Coffee County now at 188

Active COVID-19 cases in Coffee County now at 188

There are now 188 total active cases of COVID-19 in Coffee County as of 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30. These numbers are according to the Tennessee Department of Health. This is 16 more than the previous day. Meanwhile, across the state of Tennessee active cases actually declined slightly as of Thursday’s count. There are about 69 fewer active cases than the previous day. There are approximately 36,498 active cases in Tennessee. There have been 996 confirmed deaths since March, and 4,572 hospitalizations in...

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