Coronavirus in Knox County: Current hospitalizations, deaths, active cases for March

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Here is a look into how the coronavirus is impacting Knox County in the month of March. Data is updated each day at 11 a.m. by the Knox County Health Department unless otherwise noted. The population of Knox County is 470,313, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Knox County reported 179 COVID-19-related deaths in the month of January, 26 more than the December total. The county reported 62 COVID-19-related deaths in February.

Local demand for the vaccine remains high after a clinic for 2,000 first-dose vaccination appointments in the first week of February were filled in under 30 minutes.

The Knox County Health Department launched a new automated scheduling and registration platform with a waitlist option last month. Moving forward, appointments will be filled by contacting those who are on the waitlist.

Wednesday, March 31

  • New cases: 25
  • Deaths: No new deaths, 609 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,027
  • Current hospitalizations: 34
  • New inactive cases: 84
  • Total inactive cases: 47,814
  • Probable cases: 7,885
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 41,569

Tuesday, March 30

  • New cases: 26
  • Deaths: 3 new deaths, 609 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,066
  • Current hospitalizations: 35
  • New inactive cases: 41
  • Total inactive cases: 47,734
  • Probable cases: 7,865
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 41,544

Monday, March 29

  • New cases: 51
  • Deaths: 1 new death, 606 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,043
  • Current hospitalizations: 42
  • New inactive cases: 73
  • Total inactive cases: 47,693
  • Probable cases: 7,824
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 41,518

Friday, March 26

  • New cases: 94
  • Deaths: Zero new deaths, 605 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,017
  • Current hospitalizations: 39
  • New inactive cases: 73
  • Total inactive cases: 47,422
  • Probable cases: 7,770
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 41,347

Thursday, March 25

  • New cases: 50
  • Deaths: One new death, 605 total reported
  • Current active cases: 961
  • Current hospitalizations: 35
  • New inactive cases: 2
  • Total inactive cases: 47,422
  • Probable cases: 7,735
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 41,253

Wednesday, March 24

  • New cases: 84
  • Deaths: Two new deaths, 604 total reported
  • Current active cases: 884
  • Current hospitalizations: 33
  • New inactive cases: 65
  • Total inactive cases: 47,420
  • Probable cases: 7,705
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 41,203

Tuesday, March 23

  • New cases: 31
  • Deaths: One new death, 602 total reported
  • Current active cases: 836
  • Current hospitalizations: 31
  • New inactive cases: 92
  • Total inactive cases: 47,355
  • Probable cases: 7,674
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 41,119

March 20-22

  • New cases: 191
  • Deaths: No new deaths, 601 total reported
  • Current active cases: 871
  • Current hospitalizations: 37
  • New inactive cases: 303
  • Total inactive cases: 47,263
  • Probable cases: 7,647
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 41,088

Friday, March 19

  • New cases: 20
  • Deaths: Three new deaths, 601 total reported
  • Current active cases: 885
  • Current hospitalizations: 33
  • New inactive cases: 0
  • Total inactive cases: 46,960
  • Probable cases: 7,549
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,897

Thursday, March 18

  • New cases: 71
  • Deaths: Two new deaths, 598 total reported
  • Current active cases: 860
  • Current hospitalizations: 33
  • New inactive cases: 197
  • Total inactive cases: 46,962
  • Probable cases: 7,543
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,877

Wednesday, March 17

  • New cases: 47
  • Deaths: One new death, 596 total reported
  • Current active cases: 947
  • Current hospitalizations: 31
  • New inactive cases: 131
  • Total inactive cases: 46,765
  • Probable cases: 7,502
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,806

Tuesday, March 16

  • New cases: 34
  • Deaths: No new deaths, 595 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,011
  • Current hospitalizations: 28
  • New inactive cases: 58
  • Total inactive cases: 46,634
  • Probable cases: 7,481
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,759

Monday, March 15

  • New cases: 34
  • Deaths: One new death, 595 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,015
  • Current hospitalizations: 34
  • New inactive cases: 68
  • Total inactive cases: 46,576
  • Probable cases: 7,461
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,725

Sunday, March 14

  • New cases: 50
  • Deaths: No new deaths, 594 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,048
  • Current hospitalizations: 31
  • New inactive cases: 98
  • Total inactive cases: 46,508
  • Probable cases: 7,459
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,691

Saturday, March 13

  • New cases: 72
  • Deaths: One new death, 594 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,057
  • Current hospitalizations: 33
  • New inactive cases: 114
  • Total inactive cases: 46,410
  • Probable cases: 7,420
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,641

Friday, March 12

  • New cases: 59
  • Deaths: No new deaths, 593 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,069
  • Current hospitalizations: 36
  • New inactive cases: 71
  • Total inactive cases: 46,296
  • Probable cases: 7,389
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,569

Thursday, March 11

  • New cases: 60
  • Deaths: 2 new deaths, 593* total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,063
  • Current hospitalizations: 40
  • New inactive cases: 7
  • Total inactive cases: 46,225
  • Probable cases: 7,371
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,510

*The Knox County Health Department said Thursday that 44 COVID-19-related deaths have been added to the toll due to a data processing change at the state level. A KCHD spokesperson said the deaths occurred over the last 3 winter months.

Wednesday, March 10

  • New cases: 74
  • Deaths: 2 new deaths, 547 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,031
  • Current hospitalizations: 39
  • New inactive cases: 247
  • Total inactive cases: 46,218
  • Probable cases: 7,346
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,450

Tuesday, March 9

  • New cases: 13
  • Deaths: 1 new death, 545 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,177
  • Current hospitalizations: 36
  • New inactive cases: 4
  • Total inactive cases: 45,971
  • Probable cases: 7,317
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,376

Monday, March 8

  • New cases: 64
  • Deaths: 1 new death, 544 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,168
  • Current hospitalizations: 38
  • New inactive cases: 129
  • Total inactive cases: 45,967
  • Probable cases: 7,316
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,363

Sunday, March 7

  • New cases: 77
  • Deaths: No new deaths, 543 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,174
  • Current hospitalizations: 43
  • New inactive cases: 88
  • Total inactive cases: 45,838
  • Probable cases 7,256
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,299

Saturday, March 6

  • New cases: 64
  • Deaths: No new deaths, 543 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,159
  • Current hospitalizations: 41
  • New inactive cases: 141
  • Total inactive cases: 45,750
  • Probable cases 7,230
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,222

Friday, March 5

  • New cases: 64
  • Deaths: Two new deaths, 543 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,208
  • Current hospitalizations: 40
  • New inactive cases: 312
  • Total inactive cases: 45,609
  • Probable cases 7,202
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,158

Thursday, March 4

  • New cases: 95
  • Deaths: One new death, 541 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,269
  • Current hospitalizations: 40
  • New inactive cases: 312
  • Total inactive cases: 45,609
  • Probable cases 7,166
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 40,094

Wednesday, March 3

  • New cases: 37
  • Deaths: Three new deaths, 540 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,257
  • Current hospitalizations: 46
  • New inactive cases: 138
  • Total inactive cases: 45,296
  • Probable cases 7,094
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 39,999

Tuesday, March 2

  • New cases: 53
  • Deaths: One new death, 537 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,340
  • Current hospitalizations: 55
  • New inactive cases: 74
  • Total inactive cases: 45,158
  • Probable cases 7,073
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 39,962

Monday, March 1

  • New cases: 35
  • Deaths: One new death, 536 total reported
  • Current active cases: 1,345
  • Current hospitalizations: 54
  • New inactive cases: 85
  • Total inactive cases: 45,084
  • Probable cases 7,056
  • Total cases reported since March 2020 (confirmed only): 39,909

Number of Knox County deaths reported by month:

  • March 2021 – 32
  • February 2021 – 62
  • January 2021 – 179
  • December 2020 – 153
  • November 2020 – 62
  • October 2020 – 21
  • September 2020 – 26
  • August 2020 – 19
  • July 2020 – 35

The 5 Knox County benchmarks in the fight against COVID-19 (green, yellow, red):

  • Sustained reduction or stability in new cases for 14 days – GREEN
  • Community-wide sustained and increased diagnostic testing with consistent or decreased test result reporting turnaround time – YELLOW
  • Sustained or increased public health capability  – GREEN
  • Health care system capabilities remain within current and forecasted surge capacity. – GREEN
  • Sustained or decreased COVID-19 related death rate for identified positive or probable cases – YELLOW

Benchmarks are updated each Wednesday by the Knox County Health Department. Last updated on March 23.

Data provided by the Knox County Health Department and only includes Knox County residents. Hospitalizations are the number of people admitted into area hospitals for COVID-19 symptoms. Deaths are the number of people who have died after testing positive for the virus. New cases are the number of positive COVID-19 tests reported each day. Active cases are those who tested positive and remain within the quarantine window. Total number is the overall sum of positive cases since the pandemic began locally in March 2020.

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