Knox County reports 3 new COVID-19 deaths & 394 new cases of the virus


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knox County Health Department reported three more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday.

Knox County reported 131 county residents currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.

The health department also reported 394 new cases of COVID-19 among county residents. The active case count grew to 3,312.

Knox County had not reported 400 new cases in a single day until December and did so twice in the first 8 days of the month.

KCHD has reported 211 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic hit Knox County in March, 205 of those have happened since July 2.

Reported Knox County deaths by month

  • December: 44 deaths
  • November: 62 deaths
  • October: 21 deaths
  • September: 26 deaths
  • August: 19 deaths
  • July: 35 deaths

The inactive case count has grown by 29 since Friday for a total of 20,564 in the county.

The Knox County Board of Health voted 7-3 in favor of passing a new COVID-19 Social Gathering Limitation Regulation last week, limiting some social gatherings to 10 people. The regulation went into effect Dec. 4.

As of Sept. 4, KCHD reports “inactive” cases instead of “recovered” cases. Inactive cases include those who are 14 days or more beyond their illness onset date or, for asymptomatic cases, their specimen collection date. This is in alignment with the Tennessee Department of Health.

Of the 22,660 total confirmed Knox County cases reported since the pandemic began, 661 of them have resulted in hospitalization. There are 1,427 probable cases listed on the Health Department dashboard.

KCHD updates its numbers daily at 11 a.m. Visit for more information. Press briefings by the Knox County Health Department are on Tuesday and Thursday. Briefings begin at 12:30 p.m.


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