Coronavirus Timeline: Knox County has 10th death, Sevier C ounty mandates masks

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TENNESSEE (WATE) — As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and plans for reopening of the economy ramp up in Tennessee, state and local officials are issuing new or updated responses and directives on 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.

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 July, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 43,509 COVID-19 cases as of June 30, 2020 including 604 deaths, 2,665 hospitalizations and 27,599 recovered.

7/8: Knox County reports 10th COVID-19 death

Knox County reported its 10th coronavirus related death on Wednesday and its fifth in a week.

7/7: Sevier County mandates masks

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters announced Tuesday the county will issue a countywide mandate requiring face-covering usage that takes effect Friday.

7/7 Anderson County among those opting not to require masks

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank said Tuesday she will not issue a face mask mandate.

7/6: TDH reports more than 52K COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 52,155 as of July 6, 2020 including 653 deaths, 2,897 hospitalizations and 31,020 recovered.

7/6: Sevier County reports 830 COVID-19 cases

  • There are 830 confirmed and probable cases, 9,751 negative tests, 459 recoveries, 368 active cases, 26 hospitalizations since the outbreak, and 3 deaths in Sevier County due to COVID-19.

7/5: Knox County deaths rise by two

7/4: Tennessee coronavirus cases top 50,000

7/4: Knox County has record 93 new coronavirus cases

7/3: Governor issues order allowing county mayors to require face masks

7/3: Dolly Parton’s Stampede reopens

  • Dolly Parton’s Stampede is reopening just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. The high-energy adventure dinner show opened with operations following Tennessee Pledge guidelines. Guests are recommended to make reservations as shows are operating at half capacity to allow for social distancing.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner attraction is reopening today. Source:

7/3: TDH reports 48,712 COVID-19 cases going into holiday weekend

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 48,712 as of July 3, 2020 including 633 deaths, 2,825 hospitalizations and 29,591 recovered.

7/2: TDH reports close to 47K COVID-19 cases

  • The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 46,890 as of July 2, 2020 including 620 deaths, 2,775 hospitalizations and 28,938 recovered.

7/2: Sevier County continues to see rise in COVID-19 cases

  • Sevier County announced Thursday there were 733 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases reported.

7/2: Knox County reports first death from COVID-19 since April, sixth overall

  • The Knox County Health Department confirmed the county’s sixth death from COVID-19 and the third day of more than 50 new cases in the last four days.
  • The death is the first in the county since April 28. There are 18 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, up from 13 on Wednesday.
  • The Health Department reported 70 new COVID-19 cases. Spikes of 53 and 50 cases were seen on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
  • The number of active cases went up by 52 to bring the number of active cases to 323. KCHD also reported 17 new recovered cases Thursday.
  • There have been 1,047 total cases in the county.

7/1: Knox County passes mask mandate for indoor places

  • A new mask mandate dubbed the “COVID-19 Face Covering Regulation” has been approved by the Knox County Board of Health that will go into effect for some indoor public places Friday, July 3.
  • The resolution reads, in part, no person age 12 or older will be allowed within 6 feet of another person in an indoor public place without a mask; there are some exceptions for the mandate.

READ MORE >> Knox County Board of Health passes mask mandate for indoor places

7/1: Sevier County reports 657 COVID-19 cases

7/1: TDH reports 45K cases

  • The Tennessee Department of Health reported the total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee was at 45,315 as of July 1, 2020 including 609 deaths, 2,715 hospitalizations and 28,283 recovered.

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