COVID-19 cases growing in Bradley; now 10 deaths

By KAITLIN GEBBY
Posted 7/28/20

Bradley County has now seen 10 deaths related to COVID-19, the Tennessee Department of Health reports.As of Monday, the state health department confirmed Bradley County to have 1,492 total confirmed …

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COVID-19 cases growing in Bradley; now 10 deaths

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Bradley County has now seen 10 deaths related to COVID-19, the Tennessee Department of Health reports.

As of Monday, the state health department confirmed Bradley County to have 1,492 total confirmed cases since March, including 508 active cases. 

With schools starting next week, just under 0.5% of the county population has active cases of COVID-19. At 1% of the population, according to the Cleveland City Schools back-to-school plan, a district-wide shutdown is in order. 

Hospital beds continue to be strained across the state due to COVID-19. According to TDH data, 14% if the state’s ICU beds remain open, and 19% of the state’s non-ICU hospital beds are open for patients. 

As of Monday, TDH reported 1,121 individuals were hospitalized in Tennessee for COVID-19 — an all-time high. 

However, Gov. Bill Lee said he will not follow the advice of the White House COVID-19 Task Force and issue a mask mandate or shut down bars. 

In a visit to Nashville Monday with Lee, COVID-19 Task Force leader Deborah Birx told reporters that projections show a mask mandate and closing bars to stop some indoor dining could have a major impact in fighting the virus, especially in Nashville. 

"We've done a lot of modeling and we have found that if you all wear a mask — all Tennesseans — in every public area and you stop going to bars, and in fact close the bars, and limit your indoor dining, that we can have as big of an impact on decreasing new cases as we had with sheltering in place," Birx said. 

Lee said he promised he would not shut down the state’s economy again, and reiterated that closures are “not a plan for us now,” beyond the areas that already have imposed restrictions. 

Tennessee added 2,553 new cases of COVID-19 Monday in addition to 2,509 recoveries, 11 deaths and 48 new hospitalizations. 

In Tennessee, more than 1.4 million have been tested for COVID-19, as of Monday. 

Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include: 

 

• Grundy: 87 cases, 62 recoveries and 2 deaths;

 

• Hamilton: 5,158 cases, 3,203 recoveries and 44 deaths;

 

• Marion: 175 cases, 90 recoveries and 4 deaths;

 

• McMinn: 430 cases, 262 recoveries and 20 deaths;

 

• Meigs: 81 cases, 36 recoveries and 0 deaths;

 

• Monroe: 271 cases, 151 recoveries and 7 deaths;

 

• Polk:  110 cases, 55 recoveries and 0 deaths;

 

• Rhea: 450 cases, 315 recoveries and 1 death; and

 

• Sequatchie: 83 cases, 48 recoveries and 0 deaths.

 

 Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:

 

• Bedford: 780 cases, 577 recoveries and 10 deaths;

 

• Bledsoe: 649 cases, 629 recoveries and 1 death;

 

• Davidson: 18,136 cases, 12,482 recoveries and 188 deaths; 

• Hamblen: 1,008 cases, 572 recoveries and 10 deaths; 

 

• Knox: 3,240 cases, 1,453 recoveries and 26 deaths;

 

• Montgomery: 1,455 cases, 546 recoveries and 9 deaths;

 

• Putnam: 1,427 cases, 997 recoveries and 11 deaths;

 

• Robertson: 1,296 cases, 739 recoveries and 16 deaths;

 

• Rutherford: 5,514 cases, 2,648 recoveries and 48 deaths;

 

• Shelby: 18,654 cases, 13,554 recoveries and 264 deaths;

 

• Sumner: 2,925 cases, 1,335 recoveries and 68 deaths;

 

• Trousdale: 1,561 cases, 1,469 recoveries and 6 deaths;

 

• Williamson: 2,943 cases, 1,487 recoveries and 21 deaths; and

 

 • Wilson: 1,876 cases, 1,012 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 148,056 deaths and more than 1.8 million recoveries.

 

Globally, more than 16.4 million individuals have tested positive, resulting in 654,327 deaths and more than 9.5 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins.

 

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

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