Coronavirus in Tennessee: Knox County confirms two new deaths, total cases at 126

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knox County Health Department reported two new deaths and a total of 126 confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday morning.

The total number of Knox County cases grew from 119 to 126 on Tuesday. County officials reported two new deaths Tuesday, bringing the total to three. The first Knox County death was announced last week.

The Tennessee Department of Health had reported three Knox County deaths on Monday.

The total number of recovered cases now stands at 74 up from 70 on Monday. Recovered refers to those who have been released from isolation.

cases breakdown by age range. Source: Knox County Health Dept.

Sixteen of the 126 cases have resulted in hospitalization at any point during the illness, a number unchanged from Sunday. This figure does not reflect the number of patients currently hospitalized in the county.

In Knox County, 2,193 total tests have been conducted.

Details given on 3 deaths

KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan gave, for the first time, details into those who have died as a result of complications from COVID-19 in the county.

All three fell into high-risk groups due to their age or underlying medical conditions. Buchanan said the three include a 93-year-old woman, an 86-year-old woman, and a 63-year-old man.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families who lost their loved ones and to anyone who is impacted by this illness,” Buchanan said, “Our heart goes out to those who are impacted.”

Looking at the Knox County data

The health department also released details about the 126 cases confirmed so far in Knox County.

Residents ages 18-44 make up the largest number of cases in Knox County, accounting for 60 of the total cases.

Ages 45-64 make up the second-largest group with 43. They also have the most hospitalizations, six, among the given age brackets by the KCHD.

Of the seven positive cases in Knox County for residents ages 75 and over, five have been hospitalized.

Only five children, ages 0 to 17, have tested positive for COVID-19 and none have been hospitalized.

One resident’s age that tested positive was not known at the time the table was made by the KCHD.

Sixty-seven males and 59 females have tested positive for the coronavirus in Knox County. Twelve of the 16 that required hospitalization in the county were male.

You can find more the information on the Knox County Health Department website.

Local safer-at-home order expired, state order still in place

Buchanan said her initial safer-at-home order for Knox County announced March 24 has expired, but the stay-at-home order across the state from Gov. Bill Lee is still in effect until April 14.

She said the county health department will continue to monitor local and state data and issue guidance to local leaders. The county will continue to abide by the governor’s orders.

“We continue to review the predictive models and some of them look really great. But I think it is really important for the public to understand that the models rely on the continuation of staying at home and social distancing.

“That’s key to keeping the numbers down and seeing that curve flatten as we’ve talked about so many times.”

The Knox County Health Department updates its numbers daily at 11 a.m. on covid.knoxcountytn.gov.

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