Coronavirus Timeline: August 2020

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TENNESSEE (WATE) — As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and plans for reopening schools ramp up in Tennessee, which was labeled a “red zone” state in a White House report last month, state and local officials are issuing new or updated responses and directives on nearly a daily basis.

The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 originated in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization had declared the global coronavirus crisis to be a pandemic. Previously, WHO had declared the coronavirus as a public health emergency on Jan. 30. The first case of the novel coronavirus in the US had been reported in mid-January in Washington state. COVID-19 has since spread into the United States. The first case in Tennessee was reported confirmed by state health officials in Williamson County on March 5.

Below is a timeline of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impacts in Tennessee and the East Tennessee region.

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Coming into the month of August, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 105,959 as of July 31 with 1,060 deaths, 4,661 hospitalizations, and 66,357 recovered.

8/31: Increase in reported COVID-19 cases due to cluster at correctional facility

  • On Monday, Aug. 31, the Tennessee Department of Health released a statement regarding the day’s case count and laboratory reporting; attributing the uptick to a cluster of positive cases at a correctional facility in Wayne County.
  • Below is the statement:

Today’s COVID-19 case count for Tennessee will include an increase in 1,818 new total cases. Of this number, there are 965 positive cases associated with the South Central Correctional Facility in Wayne County. This report of cases also contributes to the high positivity rate for the day. Additional questions about COVID-19 cases associated with this facility should be directed to the Tennessee Department of Correction. In addition, there has been a disruption in laboratory reporting since Friday that will result in a higher caseload over the next few days.

Tennessee Dept. of Health

8/31: TDH reports nearly 155K confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 154,933 as of August 31, 2020 including 1,754 deaths, 6,878 hospitalizations and 116,864 recovered.

8/30: TDH reports 153K confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 153,115 as of August 30, 2020 including 1,747 deaths, 6,840 hospitalizations and 114,769 recovered.

8/29: TDH reports 152K confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 152,280 as of August 29, 2020 including 1,725 deaths, 6,817 hospitalizations and 114,099 recovered.

8/28: TDH reports more than 150K confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 150,815 as of August 28, 2020 including 1,701 deaths, 6,751 hospitalizations and 113,313 recovered.

8/27: TDH reports nearly 150K confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 149,179 as of August 27, 2020 including 1,673 deaths, 6,677 hospitalizations and 111,416 recovered.

8/26: TDH reports more than 147K confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 147,353 as of August 26, 2020 including 1,648 deaths, 6,603 hospitalizations and 109,765 recovered.

8/25: TDH reports more than 145K confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 145,417 as of August 25, 2020 including 1,628 deaths, 6,515 hospitalizations and 108,035 recovered.

8/24: Knox County recovered cases near 4,000, UT isolation cases near 450

  • The Knox County Health Department reported no new deaths and 109 new cases of COVID-19, a 1.86% increase in the total case count. Health Department officials also reported 51 new recoveries. The number of recoveries is at 3,911. There are now 2,225 active cases in Knox County, up from 2,165 Sunday.
  • Of the 5,979 total confirmed cases reported in Knox County since the pandemic began, 249 of them have resulted in hospitalization at any point during the illness. There are 36 county patients currently hospitalized.
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville released its latest COVID-19 data on Sunday as campus prepares for its first full week of classes. Of the 136 active cases reported by the university, 128 are students and the remaining eight cases are employees.
  • There are now 444 people in self-isolation, an increase of 27 from Saturday. The school reported 376 of the 444 isolations are students, with 263 living off-campus and 113 on-campus residents. There are now 68 university employees in self-isolation.

8/23: TN Dept. of Health reports 141K cases, 1,567 deaths; along with over 2M tests conducted

8/22: Less than 1% growth in cases and deaths as tests top 2 million

  • Tennessee reported 14 new deaths on Saturday from the coronavirus, a 0.90% one-day increase. Total deaths are 1,563.
  • Tennessee reported a one-day record of 61 deaths on Friday in what has been the most deadly month already for Tennessee in the pandemic.
  • Knox County also reported one new death Saturday and has now had 53 deaths from the virus, most since early July.
  • There are 142,083 cases of COVID-19, up 1,239 from Friday, the state Department of Health reported.
  • That is a 0.88% increase.
  • There have been 6,328 hospitalizations and 103,426 recoveries in the state. Some 2,004,861 tests have been administered in Tennessee.
  • The percent positive is 5.85%, the state said.

8/21: Regal Cinemas reopens select movie theaters

  • Regal Cinemas is reopening some of its movie theaters this weekend including Regal Riviera on Gay Street and Regal Pinnacle on Parkside Drive. There is a range of new health and safety measures in place including the use of masks, except when in a theater while eating and drinking.
  • “Where socially unacceptable behavior is observed, including the non-wearing of a mask, this will be addressed with the patron,” the Regal website says.

8/21: TDH reports more than 140K confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for TN is 140,844 as of August 21, 2020 including 1,549 deaths, 6,255 hospitalizations and 102,686 recovered.

8/20: TDH reports 139,175 confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 139,175 as of August 20, 2020 including 1,488 deaths, 6,156 hospitalizations and 100,967 recovered.

8/19: TDH reports 137,800 confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 137,800 as of August 19, 2020 including 1,452 deaths, 6,069 hospitalizations and 99,085 recovered.

8/18: TDH reports 135,778 confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases in state

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 135,778 as of August 18, 2020 including 1,426 deaths, 5,981 hospitalizations and 96,896 recovered.

8/17: The Lunchbox temporarily closing all locations

A Knoxville restaurant is temporarily shutting its doors due to COVID-19.

The Lunchbox announced on Facebook that it will close until further notice, so all staff can get tested for COVID-19 and to deep clean the locations.

The location on Weisgarber Road will remain open Monday, but will close all locations by Tuesday.

8/17: TDH reports 134,744 confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 134,744 as of August 17, 2020 including 1,387 deaths, 5,881 hospitalizations and 94,812 recovered.

8/16: TDH reports 131,383 total cases of COVID-19, along with 1,366 deaths in the state

8/16: Bearden High School announces two-week delay of its football season

  • In a letter to parents, Bearden High School announced that it will delay the start of its football season by two weeks after, “…much consideration and discussion with Knox County Schools administration, KCS Health Services and Knox County Health Department.”
  • Principal Debbie Sayers says that although this is disappointing news, especially to the players, the safety and well-being of the school’s student athletes and staff is of top priority.
  • Bearden was set to play its first game on Friday prior to this announcement.

8/15: Cases up 1,289 with 19 new deaths in Saturday statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health

  • COVID-19 cases rose by 1,289 and deaths by 19 in the Saturday statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health.
  • The number of cases grew by 0.99% from Friday to 131,747.
  • The deaths were a 1.43% increase for a total of 1,345. 
  • Knox County reported one new death on Saturday after reporting another on Friday. Knox County has had 49 deaths, 29 of them of people aged 65 and up, and 32 of them among men.
  • There have been 5,813 hospitalizations and 92,100 recoveries in the state. Some 1,827,520 tests have been administered in Tennessee.

8/14: TDH reports more than 130K confirmed, probable COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count is now 130,458 as of August 14, 2020 including 1,326 deaths, 5,725 hospitalizations and 91,323 recovered.

8/13: TDH reports more than 128K COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 128,511 as of August 13, 2020 including 1,313 deaths, hospitalizations and 89,151 recovered. 

8/12: Knoxville city pool season extended

  • Knoxville pools have extended their operating season this year.
  • The city says Ed Cothren Pool and Inskip Pools will stay open during the week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Parks and Recreation Director Sheryl Ely says, “We’re extending the pool season because we understand that families’ schedules and needs are different this year.”

8/12: TDOC updates COVID-19 numbers

  • The Tennessee Department of Corrections releasing new numbers Wednesday.
  • The report showing there are now more than 3,200 inmates in state facilities who have had COVID-19, only 45 though are active. This all out of the more than 23,000 inmates tested for the coronavirus.

8/12: Cases rise by 1,478 and deaths are up 18 in state’s COVID-19 report

8/11: COVID-19 cases climb to almost 125K; 38 more deaths

  • The number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee reached 124,915 on Tuesday, a 0,81% increase from Monday. There were 1,001 new cases reported by the Tennessee Department of Health.
  • Deaths rose by 38, an 3.08% increase from Monday for a total of 1,271. 
  • There have been 5,464 hospitalizations and 85,313 recoveries. Some 1.738,875 tests have been administered in Tennessee.
  • Vanderbilt released a new modeling report Monday which shows the relationship between face mask mandates and hospitalization rates in Tennessee.
  • The analysis found hospitals that treat COVID-19 patients from areas without mask requirements have seen relatively faster growth in hospitalizations compared to those that treat patients from areas where mask mandates are in effect.

8/10: Hamblen County Schools postpones football practice at West as athletes test positive

  • On Monday, Aug. 10, the Hamblen County Schools superintendent confirmed that more student-athletes had test positive for COVID-19, prompting the cancellation of football practice at West.
  • “We did have four more student athletes test positive,” superintendent Jeff Perry said. “We have postponed football practice at West. We are still in the process of talking about competitions and when we would begin if we do start.  We will know something more about that after our board meeting this week.”

8/10: 1,202 new COVID-19 cases push total to 123,914

  • The number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee reached 123,914 on Monday, a 0.98% increase from Sunday. There were 1,202 new cases reported by the Tennessee Department of Health.
  • Deaths rose by 10, an 0.82% increase from Sunday for a total of 1,233. Knox County reported one new death in its Monday report. and has averaged a death a day in August.
  • There have been 5,339 hospitalizations and 83,170 recoveries. Some 1,726,090 tests have been administered in Tennessee.

8/9: COVID-19 cases hit 122,712, up 2,127

  • The number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee totaled 122,712 on Sunday, a 1.76% increase from Saturday. There were 2,127 new cases reported by the Tennessee Department of Health.
  • Deaths rose by eight, an 0.66% increase from Saturday for a total of 1,223. Knox County reported one new death in its Sunday report.
  • There have been 5,340 hospitalizations and 80,997 recoveries. Some 1,711,319 tests have been administered in Tennessee.
  • More than 80 students in a Tennessee school district have been quarantined during the first week of classes after a student tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, officials said.

8/8: COVID-19 death toll in state is 1,215, up 9

  • The COVID-19 death toll in Tennessee stands at 1,215 with nine reported by the Tennessee Department of Health on Saturday.
  • That is a 0.75% increase from Friday. Knox County reported two deaths in its Saturday report.
  • The number of virus cases is 120,585 with 1,803 new cases, a 1.52% increase from Friday.
  • There have been 5,262 hospitalizations and 80,340 recoveries. Some 1,683,722 tests have been administered in Tennessee.
  • A lawsuit has been filed against an Athens nursing home facility where a number of residents died in May and where both a large number of residents and staff tested positive for the virus.

8/7: Deaths continue to climb, rising by 20 to 1,206 on Friday

  • Deaths continue to rise in Tennessee with 20 more reported on Friday to push the total to 1,206, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
  • That is a 1.69% increase from Thursday when the state reported a record 42 deaths. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington projects Tennessee is on track to have 2,093 deaths by Dec. 1. IHME’s numbers have tended to some of the more conservative among projections. It predicts 295,011 nationwide deaths from COVID-19 by Dec. 1.
  • The number of virus cases is 118,782 with 2,432 new cases, a 2.09% increase from Thursday.
  • There have been 5,190 hospitalizations and 79,357 recoveries. Some 1,660,337 tests have been administered in Tennessee.

8/6: Deaths in state rise by record 42 to 1,186 on Thursday

  • The number of coronavirus deaths in Tennessee on Thursday set a grim new one-day high with 42 new deaths to push the total to 1,186, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
  • That is up 3.67% from Wednesday. The state reported 37 deaths on July 23.
  • Knox County reported two deaths in its daily report.
  • The number of virus cases is 116,350 with 2,252 new cases, a 1.97% increase from Wednesday.
  • There have been 5,109 hospitalizations and 77,558 recoveries. Some 1,633,642 tests have been administered in Tennessee.

8/5: TDH reports 1,657 new virus cases, sends total to 114,098

8/5: Staff member at John Sevier Elementary tests positive for COVID-19

  • Maryville City Schools reports that a staff member at John Sevier Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Per our response protocol, this individual will be home for 14 days.  Please note:  This individual does not work with students at the school.”

Maryville City Schools

8/4: Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau alerts parents of staff member testing positive for COVID-19

  • In a note to parents, the Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau announced that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

This staff person was not sick, asymptomatic, and tested out of precaution. Per our policy employees and members who are sick or taking care of those that are sick, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, have a confirmed positive test in their home, or are awaiting test results are to remain at home for the safety and welfare of our children and employees. This staff person was sent home prior to testing positive and has not been at the Boys & Girls Club for a week. Furthermore, this staff person has minimal contact with children throughout the day, practices social distancing, and wears a mask when necessary. This is all in addition to our hourly hand washing, wellness checks, and sanitizing of the facility. Throughout this pandemic, we have followed the guidance of the CDC and our health department. We have yet to be contacted by the health department for any concerns about contact tracing or potential exposure. With that said, out of an abundance of caution, we will be closing our Boys & Girls Club facility down for the rest of the week to deep clean and sanitize. We plan to reopen on August 10th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may present. We want to stay open for our working families; for our kids to have a safe place to learn and grow. We will continue to follow trends and the best information we have to keep our kids and employees safe.

Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau

8/4: COVID-19 cases hit 112,441, deaths grow by 25 to 1,117

8/3: Monday brings 1,009 new COVID-19 cases for total topping 110,000

  • Monday brought a report of another 1,009 new cases of coronavirus in the state, the Tennessee Department of Health said.
  • Cumulative cases of the virus stand at 110,636. The increase of 1,009 from Sunday is an 0.92% increase.
  • Nineteen more Tennesseans have died from COVID-19, according to the statistics. That is a 1.77% increase from Sunday and the death toll is 1,092. Knox County has reported six deaths so far in August with one new death reported Monday.
  • There have been 4,808 hospitalizations and 70,878 recoveries. Some 1,573,222 tests have been administered in Tennessee.

8/3: Knox County teachers return to schools

  • Knox County teachers, many for the first time in six months, returned to their classrooms Monday in preparation for the first day of school.

8/2: 1,443 new COVID-19 cases, 6 additional deaths in Tennessee

  • The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Sunday, August 2.

8/1: State’s COVID-19 numbers start with 106,946 total cases, and over 1,000 deaths in August

  • Tennessee Department of Health reports 106,946 total cases in Tennessee, along with 1,067 deaths while over 1.5M people have been tested in the state.
  • There’s also been a total of 4,724 hospitalizations, as well as 67,651 recovered cases.

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