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As COVID-19 cases surge, Williamson County leaders urge community to mitigate spread

Williamson County Medical Center, others release statement
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Posted at 4:29 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 17:29:14-05

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, Williamson County leaders released an "urgent" joint statement Friday, asking the community to take the necessary steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.

According to a release from Williamson County Medical Center, active cases and hospitalizations have significantly increased throughout the state and within county in the last week.

In response, the medical center, Williamson County Health Department, Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District and Williamson, Inc. released a joint statement, “calling on the community to take the necessary steps to mitigate virus spread and its subsequent impact on citizens, businesses, schools and healthcare providers.”

“The unabated resurgence of COVID-19 cases not only threatens to overwhelm our health system, it will inevitably further challenge our schools, disrupt area businesses and ultimately impact our local economy. Most importantly, the virus will continue to significantly affect the lives of the high-risk individuals and their families in Williamson and surrounding counties. The associated consequences of the virus spread are widespread and affect every aspect of our community and lives,” the statement read in part.

Health officials said to help mitigate the spread, masks must be worn in public to not only protect others but mask wearers, as well. They said small gatherings are also a contributor to the spread and recommended finding alternative ways to gather as the holiday season approaches.

COVID-19 testing is available at the Williamson County Ag EXPO Park Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.

The medical center also said there is also a critical need for blood donations due to a national blood shortage. If you are able to give, you can click here for information, call 800-962-0628, or text BAGIVE to 999777.