COVID-19 rise sees single-day record locally

By KAITLIN GEBBY
Posted 6/24/20

Bradley County had its highest-ever single day of newly reported cases of COVID-19 after 40 new cases were reported in the Bradley County Jail. As of Tuesday, Bradley County reported 44 newly …

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COVID-19 rise sees single-day record locally

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Bradley County had its highest-ever single day of newly reported cases of COVID-19 after 40 new cases were reported in the Bradley County Jail. 

As of Tuesday, Bradley County reported 44 newly confirmed coronavirus cases. After widespread testing at the Bradley County Jail, Sheriff Steve Lawson said seven correctional officers, one employee, and 32 asymptomatic inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Lawson said the inmates who tested positive have been reassigned to a designated pod for quarantine and are being monitored by the jail’s medical staff. He said the jail staff will continue to screen all incoming inmates and enforce a mandatory mask policy for employees. 

The new record for Bradley County nearly doubles the previous record, which was 25 new cases reported on June 12. 

According to data from the Tennessee Department of Health, Bradley County cases appear to be spiking every four to seven days in an upward trend. Cases appeared to be at their lowest in mid-April, when the state was anticipating a data-projected spike in deaths. 

Between April 17 and April 24, just six cases were added. Tennessee began its reopening process the following week, and cases in Bradley County have been on a slow, upward trend since with the biggest jumps coming in the weeks since Memorial Day. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently discussed a vaccine for COVID-19 reaching its last stage of testing in late July. Although there are financial risks in rushing a vaccine, particularly with the cost of manufacturing being “between half a billion and $1 billion” at this scale, he said “the detriment to pushing a vaccine through is purely financial … it does not compromise safety.” 

He added that efforts in treatment for the virus have made “a lot of progress” with the drug remdesivir, an intravenous antiviral medication developed by the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences.

Fauci warned that the next few weeks are “critical” as several states have seen a spike in cases and hospitalizations.

“The next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surges that we are seeing in Florida, in Texas, in Arizona and other states,” Fauci told Congress Tuesday. 

He noted that 20 to 40% of cases are asymptomatic, and re-emphasized the best way for asymptomatic individuals to protect others before they know whether they have the virus is to wear a mask. Fauci recommends avoiding public spaces and “congregation,” but said if that’s impossible, that mask-wearing is “the best way to go.” 

In an interview Wednesday morning, he urged county-level officials to lead by example and encourage mask-wearing and social distancing until a vaccine was ready. With the rush, a vaccine would first be made available to healthcare workers in the fall. 

In Tennessee, there have been 36,303 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 542 deaths and 24,068 recoveries. An additional 35 people were hospitalized on Tuesday across the state, bringing the total to 2,336 hospitalizations since the first case was reported March 5. 

In Bradley County, 393 individuals have been confirmed with the virus with 256 recoveries and three reported deaths. 

Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include: 

 • Grundy: 51 cases, 33 recoveries and 1 death;

 • Hamilton: 2,120 cases, 1,182 recoveries and 28 deaths;

 • Marion: 53 cases, 41 recoveries and 4 deaths;

 • McMinn: 183 cases, 142 recoveries and 16 deaths;

 • Meigs: 31 cases, 25 recoveries and 0 deaths;

 • Monroe: 110 cases, 84 recoveries and 4 deaths;

 • Polk: 36 cases, 27 recoveries and 0 deaths;

 • Rhea: 256 cases, 230 recoveries and 0 deaths; and

 • Sequatchie: 24 cases, 19 recoveries and 0 deaths.

 Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:

 • Bedford: 436 cases, 306 recoveries and 4 deaths;

 • Bledsoe: 613 cases, 610 recoveries and 1 death;

 • Davidson: 7,867 cases, 5,324 recoveries and 98 deaths; 

 • Knox: 716 cases, 480 recoveries and 5 deaths;

 • Lake: 689 cases, 681 recoveries and 0 deaths; 

 • Montgomery: 392 cases, 163 recoveries and 5 deaths;

 • Putnam: 676 cases, 521 recoveries and 7 deaths;

 • Robertson: 715 cases, 434 recoveries and 10 deaths;

 • Rutherford: 2,150 cases, 949 recoveries and 33 deaths;

 • Shelby: 8,268 cases, 5,596 recoveries and 166 deaths;

 • Sumner: 1,212 cases, 523 recoveries and 49 deaths;

 • Trousdale: 1,468 cases, 1,364 recoveries and 5 deaths;

 • Williamson: 813 cases, 454 recoveries and 14 deaths; and

 • Wilson: 649 cases, 368 recoveries and 15 deaths.

According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Wednesday morning, more than 2.3 million individuals in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, with 121,225 deaths and 647,548 recoveries.

Globally, 9.2 million individuals have tested positive, resulting in 477,807 deaths and more than 4.6 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins.




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