The number of active COVID-19 cases in Henry County has been rising since the Fourth of July, according to figures from the Tennessee Department of Health. According to daily updates from the state, Henry County has gone from having 15 active cases as of July 8 to 41 active cases as of Tuesday. The state did not release totals for Wednesday in time for publication today. The county saw 11 new cases on July 9 alone, followed by 7 cases on Saturday. That mirrors an increase being seen across the state, which until two weeks ago, had shown consistent decline since the peaks of 2021. According to information released last week from the Tennessee Hospital Association, new cases went up 47% statewide, compared to figures from the previous week. The state’s positive rate has increased from 2.6% to 4.2%. Henry County’s currently stands at 3%. Only 38% of Tennesseans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is cause for concern, the THA says, since neighboring states have seen rapid increases in the more contagious Delta variant, resulting in an increase in hospitalizations. According to state figures for the first four weeks of May, 97% of COVID-19 cases, 95% of hospitalizations and 98.5% of COVID deaths were from unvaccinated patients.

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