TENNESSEE (WATE) — As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to climb and most Tennessee schools are back in session and offering virtual classes, federal, state and local officials are issuing updated responses and directives on an almost daily basis.
Reports indicate 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 October, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 196,139 as of September 30, 2020 including 2,454 deaths, 806 current hospitalizations and 179,332 inactive/recovered.
10/23: Over 3,600 new cases & 65 deaths reported in Tennessee as nearly 3.5M Tennesseans have been tested for COVID-19
10/22: Cases and recoveries continue to rise as Tennessee now has over 3,000 deaths from COVID-19
10/21: State reports over 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 as well as 2,000 new recoveries
10/20: Current hospitalizations climb to 1,259 as recoveries reach over 208K
10/19: No slow down in new cases as state reports over 3,300 new cases to bring total to 232,061
10/18: Cases and recoveries continue to rise as hospitalizations drop according to the state health department
10/17: State reports 2,600 new cases of COVID-19, along with over 1,700 recoveries
10/16: Tennessee reports an increase in cases, deaths, & recoveries; decrease in hospitalizations
10/15: State has had 222,827 COVID-19 cases and 2,864 deaths
The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 222,827 as of October 15, 2020 including 2,864 deaths, 1,149 current hospitalizations and 200,164 recovered.
10/15: Knox County Health Dept. explains importance of flu shot amid ongoing pandemic
The flu vaccination this year is as important as ever with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic leading to increased hospitalizations both regionally and across the country.
That’s the message Dr. Martha Buchanan, director of the Knox County Health Department, gave Thursday during the department’s twice-weekly coronavirus briefing.
“The flu shot is a very safe, effective way to reduce your risk of a disease that can be serious from some folks,” she said.
The flu vaccination includes the protein from four strains of the flu this year. It works by activating your immune system to identify the flu virus and create antibodies to combat it.
“Your immune system is pretty amazing and if you get your flu shot now, you’ll be protected for the whole season,” Buchanan said. “Your immune system has memory. … So don’t wait. You should get your flu shot now.”
10/15: Knox County hospitalizations drop for second straight day
The Knox County Health Department on Thursday reported no new deaths and 76 new cases of COVID-19, a 0.68% increase in the total case count.
There are now 1,195 active cases among Knox County residents, a net decrease of 19 from Wednesday. The inactive cases total grew by 99 to 10,556.
Of the 11,310 total confirmed cases reported in Knox County since the pandemic began, 407 of them have resulted in hospitalization at any point during their illness. There are 57 Knox County residents currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, down six from Wednesday.
10/14: Knox County Board of Health extends alcohol curfew
Hospitalizations and increasing case counts prompted health board members to take action on a regulation put in place last month: a sweeping 11 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants serving alcohol.
“I’ll make a motion based on a significant rise in case counts and hospitalizations to extend for two more weeks as written,” said Dr. Shamiyeh.
The alcohol curfew vote passed 8-1. Mayor Jacobs voted no. The board also extended its social gathering limit.
10/14: State has had 220,538 COVID-19 cases and 2,828 deaths
TDH reported 1,709 new coronavirus cases, a 0.78% increase. The cumulative number of cases is 220,538, and 2,828 total deaths, the Tennessee Department of Health reported.
10/14: Governor Lee, wife quarantining after member of security details tests positive for COVID-19
A member of Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Security Detail has tested positive for COVID-19.
The governor’s office released a statement saying Lee is feeling well and has tested negative for COVID-19 but out of an abundance of caution, he is quarantining at home with the First Lady until further notice.
The statement adds Governor’s Office protocol requires the use of masks and social distancing and no staff are believed to be positive at this time.
Lee’s in-person briefing Wednesday afternoon was canceled. The governor instead provided an update to reporters by phone this with Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey.
10/13: State has had 218,829 confirmed + probable COVID-19 cases
The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 218,829 as of October 13, 2020 including 2,797 deaths, 1,068 current hospitalizations and 196,940 recovered.
10/12: State reports nearly 3,000 jump in cases, as well as a big drop in hospitalizations
10/11: State nears 215K cases and 2,800 deaths; current hospitalizations drop by 40
10/10: Trend remains the same as Tenn. reports 1,646 new cases and 1,307 new recoveries
10/9: Cases and recoveries continue to climb with over 1,500 new cases and 1,600 recoveries
10/8: State reports nearly 2,000 case increase along with over 1,400 recoveries
10/7: Over 207K cases of COVID-19 reported in the state along with over 2,600 deaths
10/6: State reports 1,676 jump in COVID-19 cases, deaths now over 2,600 as recoveries continue to rise now over 187K
10/5: State Health Dept. reports over 203K total COVID-19 cases, recoveries now over 185K
10/4: State reports over 200K total cases of COVID-19, recoveries now nearing 185K
10/3: Total COVID-19 case count nears 200K, deaths over 2,500
10/2: State reports 971 new cases along with 1,385 recovered cases
10/1: TDH reports 197,432 cumulative COVID-19 cases
- The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 197,432 as of October 1, 2020 including 2,501 deaths, 846 current hospitalizations and 180,781 inactive/recovered.