Henry County Mayor Brent Greer has extended the county masking requirement order for another seven days through Oct. 23.

The existing order was set to expire at midnight Thursday.

“Although the State of Tennessee is seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations statewide, Henry County continues to experience lower positive case rates, averaging 3.86 cases reported each day for the past seven days,” Greer said in a press release.

“Today, the state Department of Health is reporting the county has 42 active COVID-19 cases, which remains flat compared to the last several weeks. It’s difficult not to think masking is making a difference. Nationally, COVID-19 reports are indicating all U.S. states are trending upward with new positive cases this week. This is a concern to myself, our local government officials, and our local health care professionals.

“With both the Henry County and Paris Special School District on fall break this week, the need to remain vigilant and continue to use best practices to slow virus spread remains important to the health of our community.”

Henry County Medical Center provided an update on Wednesday reporting three positive inpatients, one positive outpatient, and one inpatient waiting on test results.

The Henry County Health Department continues to provide free COVID testing, averaging 15-30 people a day. The department tests people by appointment only from 8:30-10:30 a.m. weekdays. 

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