Officials share plans for sportsplex, discuss success of face masks

JACKSON, Tenn. — The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Madison County hasn’t changed in four days, but health officials want to remind you just how new the coronavirus is.

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“As we work through this pandemic, and learn things through the pandemic, you’re going to see guidance change,” said Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department Director Kim Tedford.

Guidance such as wearing a mask. At first the CDC didn’t suggest wearing them, but now they are highly encouraged anywhere you can’t social distance.

“Masks, I still believe, are key to our continued success and opening businesses,” said Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris. “I think we’ve done a pretty good job so far, I just want to encourage everyone to keep doing it.”

Jackson-Madison County General Hospital is currently treating five positive COVID-19 patients. Three of them are from Madison County, and only one of them is on a ventilator.

The city is also planning to start having tournaments at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex on June 19.

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“We’re continuing and working with our morning group and with our sportsplex director to have some very specific guidelines for our teams,” said City of Jackson Mayor Scott Conger.

And as a reminder, there is still a limit on social gatherings of 10 or fewer people.

Additionally, Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department will once again distribute free washable, reusable cloth face masks on Thursday, May 21.

Masks will be available for pick-up at the Jackson Fairgrounds between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. while supplies last. Participants must enter the site on Magnolia Street.

They will not distribute masks at the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department or at The WIC Center on Thursday.

Please call the health department at (731) 423-3020 if you have questions.



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