Coronavirus Tennessee: State has 37 new COVID-19 deaths, up 4.2% from Wednesday


Tennessee launching 'Face It. Masks Fight COVID-19' PSA campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee is 86,987 with 2,570 new cases reported on Thursday — an increase of 3%, the Tennessee Department of Health said.

Deaths rose by 37 to 925, an increase of 4.2% from Wednesday.

There are currently 4,016 reported hospitalizations and 51,661 recoveries. There have been 1,295,115 total tests.

Anderson and Roane counties saw double-digit one-day increases in new virus cases. Anderson’s cases went up by 39, or 11.6%, and Roane’s went up by 33, or 21.2%.

The Christian Care Center in Bristol reported 92 cases on Wednesday, up from 51 cases on Friday, Director Jennifer Skaggs said in a statement. The cases include 66 residents and 26 employees, she said.

Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday Tennessee will launch a public service announcement campaign that urges all Tennesseans to fight against the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask. The ad campaign, titled “Face It. Masks Fight COVID-19”, will run on broadcast and cable television, digital, social media, print, and billboards statewide.

“Wearing a face covering when in public is a simple but effective way for us to each do our part and help stop the spread of COVID-19,” Lee said. “I wear a mask every day at the office, when Maria and I are out in public and especially when I visit my 87-year-old mother. It’s a personal choice for Tennesseans, but it’s one that could very well save lives and allow our economy to get fully back on track.”

The campaign launches Friday. A variety of social media images are available.

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