Tennessee Department of Health: 7,842 coronavirus cases and 166 deaths in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Tennessee has 7,842 coronavirus cases and 166 people have died from the virus, the Tennessee Department of Health said Wednesday.

Cases and deaths are both up 6% from Tuesday with cases up by 448 and deaths up by nine. Part of the explanation for the jump in the number of cases has to do with testing at Tennessee prisons. The number of cases in Bledsoe County jumped from 11 on Tuesday to 90 on Wednesday.

On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Corrections said all inmates at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex were being tested.

“The decision to expand testing at the Northwest and Turney Center prisons is based on the positive returns, extensive contact tracing and a sound methodology,” Corrections Commissioner Tony Parker said in a news release Monday. “The inmates who are being tested at these two facilities either had direct exposure to a confirmed positive case, or were screened positive and symptomatic, or those with potential exposure due to the living structure of a correctional environment.

“A similar methodology has been implemented at Trousdale Turner resulting in the targeted testing of a select number of inmates by the contract vendor. Cloth masks have been provided to all staff and inmates as well as county jails, sheriff’s departments, THP and health care workers.”

The number of people hospitalized is 775 and 4,012 people have recovered. Some 114,980 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the state.

Only two counties – Hancock and Pickett – of the state’s 95 counties are reporting no cases of coronavirus.

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