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Sumner County emergency declaration extended through May 21

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Posted at 9:54 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 10:54:46-04

GALLATIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — The emergency declaration for Sumner County has been extended through May 21.

Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt announced the extension Friday, saying the county will continue running essential government functions.

"It has been our goal in Sumner County, to remain ready and prepared to battle this pandemic and the challenges it has presented. With this Declaration of Emergency, I am asking citizens to continue to maintain social distance and follow all CDC guidelines," Holt said in part.

He urged residents to continue isolating themselves as much as possible and only buy what’s needed.

As of Friday morning, Sumner County had 720 total cases and 41 deaths.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

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The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
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  • Repeated shaking with chills
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  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
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  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.