Coronavirus in Tennessee: Knox County reports 93 new COVID-19 cases, 3 new hospitalizations

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knox County Health Department reported 93 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a 0.77% increase in the total case count.

Health officials also reported 125 new inactive cases while the active case count decreased by 32. There are now 1,276 active cases among Knox County residents, and 11,350 cases are considered inactive.

KCHD has reported 99 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began, 94 of which have come since July 2. The department reported 19 deaths in August, 26 in September, and 14 in October.

Of the 12,152 total confirmed Knox County cases reported since the pandemic began, 450 of them have resulted in hospitalization at any point during their illness. There are 67 Knox County residents currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, three more than reported on Thursday.

Beginning Sept. 4, KCHD started reporting “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.

The change led to nearly 1,000 cases being deemed inactive on Sept. 5.

The Health Department also changed how data was categorized based on where cases live. The change led to a decrease of 560 active cases in one day.

On Oct. 1, Charity Menefee, director of communicable and environmental disease and emergency preparedness of the KCHD, said a discrepancy between the Tennessee Department of Health’s use of geocoded, or permanent address, data and KCHD’s jurisdictional data, coupled with a general lag in test collection and reporting identified more than 500 cases as positive after the 14-day active period.

KCHD updates its numbers daily at 11 a.m. Visit covid.knoxcountytn.gov 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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