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.
8/10: 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
- 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.
- Announced over the wekeend, a mask mandate is in effect in Hamblen County. Sevier County has extended its mask mandate until Aug. 29.
- 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.
- Coronavirus Timeline: TN Dept. of Health reports over 123K total cases, along with over 1,200 deaths
- CHART: Tennessee Department of Health’s count of coronavirus cases by day in state
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- Metro Health Dept. reports 114 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths in Nashville
- Coronavirus in Tennessee: Knox County reports 117 new recoveries, no new deaths
- Greeneville City Schools now providing weekly update on ‘number of personnel COVID-19 cases’ within district
- Johnson City man biking 3,000 mi. cross-country to raise money for COVID-19 relief
- Residents of Tennessee, other states report receiving unsolicited masks from China
- Mystery masks: Unsolicited face masks from China arriving in mailboxes
- Vanderbilt releases modeling report about mask mandates, COVID-19 hospitalizations in Tennessee
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