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
- The Knox County Health Department said Sunday that there have been eight deaths in the county, up from six. Coronavirus cases stand at 1,203.
7/4: Tennessee coronavirus cases top 50,000
- We passed another milestsone. The total coronavirus case count went up 50,140, a 2.9% increase from the day before. The state death toll from COVID-19 is 637.
7/4: Knox County has record 93 new coronavirus cases
- The Knox County Health Department reported an 8.51% increase in coronavirus cases on Saturday, pushing the total to 1,186, a one-day increase of 93 and a new record.
7/3: Governor issues order allowing county mayors to require face masks
- Counties under the Tennessee Pledge now have the ability to issue local mask requirements in the event of a significant rise in COVID-19 cases. Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 54 late Friday allowing for the counties to take similar steps that Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville have already taken. Sevier County, a hotspot for cases in East Tennessee, said it is studying the order and may announce its plans regarding masks requirement on Monday.
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.
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.
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.