Tennessee, over the last week, has climbed to the top of the list of all the states, having the highest number of daily cases per capita — 212.6 per 100,000 population. In a list of the 89 counties that are the hottest of the hot spots for COVID-19 nationwide in the average number of daily cases per capita, 17 Tennessee counties have been on it this week...
Tennessee, over the last week, has climbed to the top of the list of all the states, having the highest number of daily cases per capita — 212.6 per 100,000 population.
In a list of the 89 counties that are the hottest of the hot spots for COVID-19 nationwide in the average number of daily cases per capita, 17 Tennessee counties have been on it this week.
The 17 Tennessee counties, on the list produced by the New York Times, that were among the 89 with the highest daily averages nationwide were, in descending order, DeKalb (212.6 per 100,000 population), Cannon (210.2), Lincoln (196.6), Scott (185.2), Miegs (185.2), Moore (185), Sequatchie (184.4), Rhea (167.6), Coffee (165.3), Sevier (163.4), Perry (162.7), Bedford (159.2), Henderson (157.5), Morgan (154.9), Lawrence (154) and Union (149.5).
The situations in California and New York have often been cited as evidence that mask mandates and other restrictions are not effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. California and New York have imposed onerous restrictions at various times during the pandemic.
Tennessee’s population is 6.8 million. New York’s population is 19.45 million, California’s population is 39.5 million. In the average number of cases daily per 100,000, over the last seven days, Tennessee has the highest count of the three states at 115, followed by California at 83 and New York at 52.5.
In 2,093 tests conducted in Bedford County in the last seven days 554 people were new cases, a positivity rate of 26.4 percent. The county recorded 137 new cases in the state’s daily report on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The number of new tests reported on Tuesday was 572.
Bedford County has reported four deaths attributed to the coronavirus in the last seven days — one on Dec. 9, two on Dec. 10 and one on Dec. 11.
According to the state health department, on Dec. 15 Bedford County had 559 active cases.
In the last seven days (Dec. 9 through Dec. 15), the state reports that 68 school age children in Bedford County tested positive for COVID-19, seventeen of those on Tuesday this week.
The Tennessee health department attributes 506 deaths to COVID-19 in the last seven days (Dec. 9 through Dec. 15).
The number of Tennesseans hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last seven days was 555. In the prior seven days (Dec. 2 through Dec. 8) the number of Tennesseans hospitalized was 568.
According to the state, on Dec. 15, there were 168 available beds in intensive care units, 8 percent of the total 2,045. The total number of hospital floor beds, statewide, is 11,481 and of that number,12 percent (1,334) were available.
In the last seven days the number of new cases in Tennessee jumped from 34,293 in the prior seven days to 58,126 — an increase of 69.4 percent. But, the number of tests was also up dramatically, from 177,528 (Dec. 2 through Dec. 8) to 327,872 (Dec. 9 through Dec. 15) an increase of 84.7 percent.
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