CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – The number of active COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County has more than doubled over the past week, approaching previous peaks in the epidemic.
As of January 3, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,371 active cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County.
The week before, Monday, December 28, we had 1,194 cases. As of December 19, we had 536 cases, according to data from the Clarksville-Montgomery County COVID-19 Dashboard Hub.
At this rate, the peak could exceed the previous two COVID outbreaks in Clarksville. That was in January, when we had about 2,000 active cases, and in August, when we were close to 3,000.
The average daily rate for the seven-day period from December 27 to January 3 was 263 cases per day. Fourteen days before December 27, the average number of cases was 117 per day.
The Montgomery County government provided information on antibody testing and treatment on Tuesday.
Residents without health insurance can get a free COVID test Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Montgomery County Health Department drive-thru point at 350 Pageant Lane, according to the county press release.
The City of Clarksville and CH Consulting Solutions offer drive-thru testing at Heritage Park, 1241 Peachers Mill Road, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CH bills insurance company for the COVID-19 test. There is normally no cost, but individuals should check with their insurance company to make sure it is covered. Those tested at Heritage Park are asked to stay in their vehicles.
Home COVID-19 tests are available at most drugstores and large chain stores. However, retailers have struggled to keep home tests in stock, and home tests are in limited supply online, the statement said.
Monoclonal treatments, vaccines
Monoclonal treatments are available for free at Walmart pharmacies through coordinated distribution with THD. Visit walmart.com/covidmedidication to find a participating pharmacy. The initial offering is limited, with more expected in the coming weeks.
According to TDH, while antivirals can help treat COVID-19, vaccination is the best approach to prevent infection. TennessÃ©ens aged 5 and over are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the statement said. More information on vaccine locations, including available vaccine products, is available at vaccines.gov. The most recent tips for returning to work and school are available at tn.gov.