March 30, 2013
WJJM obtained the following information from the County Mayors office.
Marshall County has its first confirmed case of the Corona Virus. Local health officials were notified by the Tennessee Department of Health that a resident of Marshall County had tested positive for the novel Covid-19 according to Marshall County Mayor Mike Keny.
While this isn’t news, we were hoping for it’s not totally unexpected,” said Keny. “We always felt it was not a matter of if, but when. Our local officials have been preparing for this and coordinating with other local and state agencies to make sure we do our very best in protecting our citizens.”
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the resident and wish for them a speedy and complete recovery. I know all Marshall Countians join me in that sentiment. ‘Secondly, I encourage all Marshall Countians to follow the guidelines that have been stressed over and over:
1) Wash your hands often with soap and water
2) Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
3) Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
4) Stay home if you are sick
5) Stay away from people who are sick
6) Don’t panic
7) Practice social distancing
8) Avoid gatherings of 10 or more
‘Marshall Countians always rise up to face challenges. Already during this experience, I have seen several groups and organizations step up to help out in a variety of ways. I have no doubt we will continue to have countless unselfish acts of support, love and generosity going forward.
‘Our EMA and Health Department are working closely with the Tennessee Department of Health and all agencies of government at all levels to minimize the impact of Covid-19 on the residents of Marshall County. This has been and continues to be our primary concern. I have no doubt we will get through these challenging times together.
‘If you should have any questions you may call the Information Hotlines EMA has set up.
‘Those numbers are 1-931-675-2606 or 1-931-675-2598. They are currently operational Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm.
‘You may also contact the Health Department at 931-359-1551.
Story was edited by Jamie Pratt