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, 1,060 deaths, 4,661 hospitalizations, and 66,357 recovered.
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
The number of coronavirus cases hit 112,441 on Tuesday, up 1,805 or 1.63%, the Tennessee Department of Health said.
Twenty-five more Tennesseans have died from COVID-19, according to the statistics. That is a 2.29% increase from Monday. The number of deaths from the virus in the state is 1,117. Knox County reported its 40th death on Tuesday.
There have been 4,900 hospitalizations and 73,259 recoveries. Some 1,591,310 tests have been administered in Tennessee.
Fifteen employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff James Lee Berrong said.
A Vanderbilt University report released Monday said Tennessee’s outbreak began concentrated in large urban areas but has moved into more rural communities with fewer health care resources.
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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