Bradley County's new COVID-19 cases grow by 59 on Sunday

By KAITLIN GEBBY
Posted 7/27/20

Tennessee added 3,140 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the second-highest day in the state’s run with the coronavirus pandemic, according to Tennessee Department of Health data. 

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Bradley County's new COVID-19 cases grow by 59 on Sunday

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Tennessee added 3,140 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the second-highest day in the state’s run with the coronavirus pandemic, according to Tennessee Department of Health data. 

The highest day on record continues to be July 13, when Tennessee added 3,314 cases of COVID-19. 

The surge in cases comes nearly a month after Gov. Bill Lee granted county mayors the power to issue mask mandates via Executive Order 54, signed July 3. 

Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis has said he will not issue a mask mandate for the county. Instead, retailers and grocery store chains have taken it upon themselves to issue mask policies for customers visiting their stores. 

 

Instead of the mandate, Davis has encouraged local residents to follow four COVID-19 safety guidelines, one of which is to wear a mask in public spaces. Davis continues to urge 1) abide by the six-foot social-distancing guidelines; 2) wash hands frequently; 3) avoid large crowds; and 4) wear a face covering.

 

 Davis himself wears a face mask when in public and in government-related meetings.

Sunday’s numbers bring the state’s case total to 93,936 since March. With 967 deaths and 54,730 recoveries, Tennessee has 38,329 active cases of COVID-19, TDH reports.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projects that Tennessee will have over 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 by Aug. 1.  On July 1, that number was just over 600, meaning more than 300 people have died of the novel coronavirus in Tennessee in the last month. 

IHME projects that Tennessee will see as many as 2,310 deaths by Sept. 1, if restrictions continue easing. Alternatively, with universal masks, IHME projects that 1,853 will die in Tennessee from the virus. 

In Bradley County, nine have died so far from COVID-19. The area is now facing a new outbreak in a long-term care facility in Polk County. 

Life Care of Copper Basin reported eight employees with COVID-19 on Friday. Those numbers have not been updated to the long-term care facility data published by TDH, as of Monday morning. 

Executive Director Josh Lee said at least two residents were hospitalized while others await their test results. 

Bradley County has now confirmed 1,449 cases of COVID-19, as of Sunday afternoon. Of that total, 497 are active, which includes 59 new cases confirmed Sunday by TDH. 

Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include: 

 

• Grundy: 85 cases, 62 recoveries and 2 deaths;

 

• Hamilton: 5,055 cases, 3,044 recoveries and 43 deaths;

 

• Marion: 172 cases, 87 recoveries and 4 deaths;

 

• McMinn: 423 cases, 259 recoveries and 20 deaths;

 

• Meigs: 76 cases, 34 recoveries and 0 deaths;

 

• Monroe: 257 cases, 145 recoveries and 7 deaths;

 

• Polk:  105 cases, 51 recoveries and 0 deaths;

 

• Rhea: 444 cases, 311 recoveries and 1 deaths; and

 

• Sequatchie: 79 cases, 46 recoveries and 0 deaths.

 

 Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:

 

• Bedford: 763 cases, 562 recoveries and 10 deaths;

 

• Bledsoe: 648 cases, 628 recoveries and 1 death;

 

• Davidson: 17,836 cases, 12,018 recoveries and 186 deaths; 

 

• Knox: 3,100 cases, 1,333 recoveries and 23 deaths;

 

• Lake: 710 cases, 693 recoveries and 0 deaths; 

 

• Montgomery: 1,439  cases, 517 recoveries and 9 deaths;

 

• Putnam: 1,361  cases, 941 recoveries and 11 deaths;

 

• Robertson: 1,278 cases, 717 recoveries and 16 deaths;

 

• Rutherford: 5,389 cases, 2,530 recoveries and 47 deaths;

 

• Shelby: 18,331 cases, 13,111 recoveries and 267 deaths;

 

• Sumner: 2,889 cases, 1,262 recoveries and 67 deaths;

 

• Trousdale: 1,559 cases, 1,463 recoveries and 6 deaths;

 

• Williamson: 2,896 cases, 1,367 recoveries and 21 deaths; and

 

 • Wilson: 1,840 cases, 962 recoveries and 20 deaths.

 

According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Monday, more than 4.2 million individuals in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, with 146,935 deaths and more than 1.2 million recoveries.

 

Globally, more than 16.2 million individuals have tested positive, resulting in 648,966 deaths and more than 9.4 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins.

 

For additional data, go to tn.gov/health. 

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