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Local COVID-19 Update

The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 737 additional cases of COVID-19 across the state Monday, Sept. 29.

The department reported 12 deaths and 887 new recoveries.

Weakley County has 141 active cases, the department said, which is lower than Sunday's total. According to the department, Obion County has 164, which is more than Sunday's.

This week's active case numbers are the highest since Weakley had 164 active cases on Sept. 7.

University of Tennessee at Martin officials said there are 42 active student cases, along with two faculty and staff cases.

UT Martin Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Andy Lewter announced Monday the university will expand student group meetings. Lewter said there will be more in-person events in the next few weeks, along with the continuation of virtual events.

Student organizations are now allowed to have 25 people at in-person events. However, the organization must receive approval by submitting an "event approval form" through Runway in which the organization will be asked to provide a safety plan.

Lewter said all events must require face coverings and allow social distancing.

Organizations violating the new rules will not have future events approved; furthermore, egregious violations will be referred to student conduct, according to Lewter.

Lewter said the changes can be reversed if positive student cases grow.

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