With 6 more, Knox County breaks monthly record for most COVID-19 deaths

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Six more Knox County residents have died of COVID-19, making November the deadliest month of the pandemic for the county.

Forty-one Knox County residents have died this month from COVID-19, surpassing July’s high of 35.

The Knox County Health Department reported the deaths Friday, along with 92 new cases. The total number of cases considered active decreased slightly from 2,270 to 2,008.

The number of deaths reported each day is steadily increasing. Six deaths is the second most reported in a single day, while seven deaths were reported in Knox County on Tuesday.

KCHD has reported 146 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic hit Knox County in March, 137 of those have happened since July 2.

Reported Knox County deaths by month

  • November: 41 deaths
  • October: 21 deaths
  • September: 26 deaths
  • August: 19 deaths
  • July: 35 deaths

There are 86 Knox County residents currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, three more than reported Thursday. A record high of 91 was reported Nov. 18.

The inactive case count grew by 340 for a total of 15,228 in the county.

As of Sept. 4, KCHD reports “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.

Of the 16,480 total confirmed Knox County cases reported since the pandemic began, 543 of them have resulted in hospitalization. There are 912 probable cases listed on the Health Department dashboard.

Knox County Health Department offers free COVID-19 testing beginning at 9 a.m. each weekday at 140 Dameron Ave.

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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