NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Coronavirus cases in Tennessee hit five figures on Tuesday with the Tennessee Department of Health confirming 10,052 cases and 188 deaths from COVID-19.
There have been 894 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and 4,921 people have recovered. Some 161,928 people have been tested in Tennessee.
An alarming hotspot for coronavirus cases is the state’s prisons. Tennessee’s Department of Correction said eight inmates have been hospitalized among the 756 prisoners who have tested positive for the new coronavirus in seven of the state’s 14 prisons. No deaths have been reported, and the vast majority of the positive cases are not symptomatic, the department said in a news release.
Nearly 600 inmates at a Bledsoe County prison have tested positive for COVID-19 and the staff is being blamed for the outbreak.
Knox County reported on Tuesday its fifth death from coronavirus, an 87-year-old man.
Knox County Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan answered more questions about the Knoxville and Knox County reopening plans, which start Friday. Not every business is quite ready to have in-store customers.
Another place where cases are soaring is an Athens nursing home. The nurisng home confirmed Tuesday to television station WTVC that 54 residents and nine staff members at the McMinn County facility have tested positive for COVID-19.