KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knox County Health Department reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 680.

“We saw a notable increase over the weekend and into today,” said Charity Menefee, director of communicable and environmental disease and emergency preparedness of the Knox County Health Department. “The increase is concerning.”

Knox County reported 135 active cases on Monday, up from 114 active cases reported on Sunday.

The increase in cases could be caused both by more activity as the community reopens and a failure to follow safety guidelines.

The total number of recovered COVID-19 cases grew to 540, up from 537 on Sunday. Recovered cases refer to those who have been released from isolation after seven days from their onset of symptoms, plus 72 hours of being symptom-free. Recovered does not mean necessarily the person had to be hospitalized.

There are four Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized. There have been five total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.

Of the 680 cases, 58 of them have resulted in hospitalization at any point during the illness. There are 26 probable cases of COVID-19 listed on the county information page.

With cases on the rise, Menefee said it is more important than ever to follow the five guidelines:

  • Wear a mask
  • Phyiscally distance
  • Sanitize surfaces
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Stay at home if you are sick

Hospitalizations are also slowly on the rise and the availability of hospital beds is something the health dpeartment is watching very closely and is concerned about for the fall when there may be a “second wave” COVID-19 cases.

The Knox County Health Department updates its numbers daily at 11 a.m. Visit for more information.