Coronavirus numbers in Tennessee | Knox County Schools see major drop in cases
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Department of Health releases daily data on COVID-19 cases in the state.
Each day, the health department releases numbers on deaths, cases, recoveries, and hospitalizations. Hospitalizations are updated on a 24-hour delay, however. According to the state website, this is because the data is dynamic and changes as hospitals learn more about their patients.
October 20, 2021
Wednesday’s COVID-19 update is similar to the other updates Tennessee officials have released recently. Active cases continue to fall statewide, including here in East Tennessee.
Gov. Bill Lee filed an appeal in the ongoing case involving a federal masking order in Knox County Schools as well. In the appeal, he claimed the court has no legal authority to stop him from enforcing Executive Order 84.
Active Cases: 36,019
Total vaccinations: 3,662,833
October 19, 2021
COVID-19 cases continued to drop statewide over the weekend, including in Knox County and East Tennessee.
Knox County Schools saw a serious decrease in cases for their first two days back since fall break. Prior to the break, the school district reported 179 COVID-19 cases. As of Monday, the district is reporting only 28.
The drop follows a break and the implementation of a federal mask mandate, though a health expert with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital tells WVLT News that it is not clear what caused the drop.
Active Cases: 37,805
Total vaccinations: 3,659,122
October 15, 2021
Tennessee’s active cases dropped by over 2,000 or 5% from Tuesday to Thursday. Almost 8,000 new vaccinations were recorded in the same time period. Current hospitalizations are now down for over 30 days in a row.
Active Cases: 41,343
Total vaccinations: 3,647,481
October 13, 2021
Tennessee continues to see fewer active COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations are also down in East Tennessee, hitting a low last seen in August.
The office of Gov. Lee submitted filings in the ongoing Knox County masking case as well. In the filing, a legal representative claimed the court had no legal authority to implement the mask mandate or stop KCS from enforcing Bill Lee’s opt-out executive order.
Active Cases: 43,512
Total vaccinations: 3,639,538
October 12, 2021
Active cases have dropped 4.9 percent statewide. Active cases in Knox County have now dropped below 2,000 cases.
The number of people currently in the East Tennessee Region Hospitals have decreased to 374. This is the lowest number recorded in hospitals in over two months.
216,775 booster shots have now been given in Tennessee.
The federal judge that ordered Knox County Schools to implement a masking mandate has responded to recent filings in the case, ruling that Knox County Schools may enforce last year’s masking policy with some caveats.
Active Cases: 44,995
Total vaccinations: 3,635,887
October 11, 2021
Active cases dropped 11.9 percent from Thursday to Friday. The number of people currently in the hospital is down for over 30 days in a row.
Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs made a video statement Monday amid filings in the ongoing legal battle between Knox County Schools and a temporary court-imposed mask mandate.
Jacobs said that even though his office did not have a standing in the case, he could not ignore the calls from the hundreds of residents and parents who continued to reach out to him.
Active Cases: 47,304
Total vaccinations: 3,634,455
October 7, 2021
Active cases dropped 2.9% from Tuesday to Wednesday. Tennessee is on track to drop below 50,000 cases by Friday. Hospitalizations also dropped by 71.
Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs addressed recent filings in the case between Knox County Schools and a federal judge who has imposed a temporary mask mandate as well.
Active Cases: 50,023
Total vaccinations: 3,617,221
October 6, 2021
Active cases of COVID-19 continued to fall throughout the state from Monday to Tuesday. Cases dropped by over 2,000 Monday statewide and by 232 in Knox County.
Active Cases: 51,502
Total vaccinations: 3,611,563
October 5, 2021
Active cases dropped by more than 2,500 cases from Friday to Monday. This brings the total number of active cases in the state to 53,698 cases. Additionally, over 2,000 new vaccinations were reported in Tennessee last week. Two new motions have been filed by both sides of the court-ordered schools mask mandate in Knox County.
Active Cases: 53,698
Total vaccinations: 3,607,864
October 4, 2021
Active cases in Tennessee dropped by over 10,000 cases last week. Vaccinations in the state were up over by over 35,000. However, breakthrough cases increased by 7.1 percent to 3,489 cases in one week. This new increase brings breakthrough cases in Tennessee to 52,956.
Active Cases: 56,225
Total vaccinations: 3,605,787
October 1, 2021
Active cases dropped 1,234 cases from Wednesday to Thursday, according to state data. This week alone, active cases in Tennessee have dropped 12 percent. Drugmaker Merck said Friday that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus, potentially a leap forward in the global fight against the pandemic.
Active Cases: 58,107
Total vaccinations: 3,589,045
September 30, 2021
Active cases in Tennessee dropped below 60,000 from Tuesday to Wednesday, according to state data. Knox County officials also filed for further changes to the federal masking order put in place in Knox County Schools.
Active Cases: 59,341
Total vaccinations: 3,584,401
September 29, 2021
Active cases in Tennessee had a steady drop from Monday to Tuesday, dropping by 4,348.
Knox County Schools students returned to school Tuesday wearing masks. According to school officials, 1.17 percent of students refused to wear a mask while at school, and even more showed up to school without a mask before eventually wearing one.
According to Knox County Schools’ absence policy, students taken out of school by parents for not wearing a mask will be marked as absent for the day. Students could face severe consequences for being absent more than five days.
The Knox County Board of Education also filed for an extensive list of conditions exempting a student from wearing a mask in school.
Active Cases: 61,881
Total vaccinations: 3,577,833
September 28, 2021
Tennessee hospitalizations have decreased for the past 14 days, according to new data from the state health department.
Tennessee also reported lower active case numbers at 66,229 cases.
Knox County Schools were back in session today, following the recent order from a federal judge stating that all Knox County Schools implement a mask mandate, without allowing parents to follow Gov. Lee’s opt out option.
Active cases in Knox County Schools students are down 103 cases, bringing the total cases to 297, according to the KCS dashboard.
Active Cases: 66,229
Total vaccinations: 3,569,900
September 27, 2021
Tennessee is reporting a 37 percent increase in breakthrough cases in total from the state. This brings the total of both active and inactive cases to 49,457 cases. The state also shares that hospitalizations of those breakthrough cases have increased as well.
Active cases across the state and in Knox County have continued to drop over the past week, according to the state health department.
Superintendent Bob Thomas canceled school for all Knox County students on Monday. This cancellation follows the recent order from a federal judging stating that all Knox County Schools implement a mask mandate, without allowing parents to follow Gov. Lee’s opt out option.
Active Cases: 71,298
Total vaccinations: 3,568,095
September 24, 2021
Tennessee hospitalizations decreased by 129 or 4.2 percent from Wednesday to Thursday. Active cases in the state have continued to drop, with 4,048 becoming inactive in the last day.
A federal judge also ordered that Knox County Schools implement a mask mandate, without allowing parents to follow Gov. Lee’s opt out option.
Active Cases: 73,159
Total vaccinations: 3,554,126
September 23, 2021
Active cases continue to drop in Tennessee for over a week, state data said. This means that people are recovering from COVID-19 in the state quicker than others are getting the virus. Hospitalizations are also continuing to drop across the state.
In Knox County, the COVID-19 death toll broke 800 this week with 805 total deaths.
Active Cases: 77,207
Total vaccinations: 3,547,733
September 21, 2021
Active cases in Tennessee as a whole and Knox County have been in decline for the entire week of Sept. 13, according to state data. Additionally, hospitalizations are also on the decline.
Officials with the Tennessee National Guard announced over the weekend that 32 Tennessee medical facilities are receiving help from administrative and medical personnel due to the previous spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Active Cases: 82,860
Total vaccinations: 3,533,790
September 20, 2021
The information is in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data analyzed by CNN showed about 46% of all 12- to 17-year-olds have gotten the shot, an increase from earlier this month.
Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters.
Active Cases: 85,672
Total vaccinations: 3,529,469
September 17, 2021
Active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee dropped by 4,323 cases for total cases to drop to 87,724. Active Cases dropped 13,199 from Monday to Thursday just this week, which totals 13% down for all active cases. People currently in the hospital decreased by 59 on Thursday.
However, Knox Co. reported 38 deaths just this week from Monday to Thursday for a new total of 777. At the briefing, an official with the University of Tennessee Medical Center presented data on the death rate at the hospital, saying it had increased dramatically recently.
Active Cases: 87,724
Total vaccinations: 3,509,331
September 16, 2021
Active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee dropped by almost 9,000 Wednesday, according to data from the state. This means that Tennessee has once again dropped below the 100,000 threshold for active cases. Hospitalizations in Tennessee also dropped by 57 from Monday to Wednesday, however ICU bed availability dropped back down to five percent.
East Tennessee hospital officials gave an update on the state of COVID-19 in the region Wednesday. At the briefing, an official with the University of Tennessee Medical Center presented data on the death rate at the hospital, saying it has increased dramatically recently.
Active Cases: 92,047
Total vaccinations: 3,501,698
September 14, 2021
Tennessee broke 100,000 active COVID-19 cases again Monday with an increase of almost 9,000 cases, according to state data. The state also set a record for the number of new cases in a day on Sept. 10 with 15,411 new cases.
Tennessee did, however, see drops in hospitalizations, ICU capacity and pediatric hospitalizations.
In Sevier County, experts said 32 percent of those tested for COVID-19 are turning up positive and less than half the county is vaccinated.
Knox County officials reported a record number of deaths Tuesday, but also explained that due to the reporting process, many of those deaths are not reported on the day they occur.
Active Cases: 100,923
Total vaccinations: 3,487,622
September 10, 2021
Tennessee once again saw a major drop in active cases in the last day. The state decreased by 5,219 cases. Between the major decrease in active cases, Tennessee saw 20,547 cases decrease from Tuesday to Thursday of this week. However, the state reached another new record for new hospitalizations, gaining 48 additional patients.
Active Cases: 92,114
Total vaccinations: 3,459,079
September 9, 2021
Tennessee saw a major drop in active cases Wednesday after the case count dropped by 13.6 percent in a single day. The state also dropped below 100,000 cases, a milestone it reached Wednesday. However, the state reached a new record for hospitalizations with 22 new hospitalizations from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In Knox County, the Board of Education met to discuss changes to the attendance policy for those out because of COVID-19. The rate of new cases among school-aged children has decreased significantly with only three new cases Thursday compared to between 14 and 28 new cases each day earlier in the week.
Active cases in Knox County dropped by 190 Thursday, according to data from county health officials.
Active Cases: 97,333
Total vaccinations: 3,452,824
September 8, 2021
State officials said that they are working through a backlog of data, including some from the holiday weekend Wednesday. Wednesday marked the first time the state broke 100,000 cases since the pandemic began.
LeConte Medical Center officials announced that the hospital had received help from the National Guard in the form of four medics and 10 administration personnel.
In Knox County, leaders sent an open letter to Gov. Bill Lee asking him to make changes to how schools transition to online learning, aiming to keep extra-curricular activities in place.
Both in Knox County and statewide, active cases increased by around 20 percent over the weekend
Active Cases: 112,661
Total vaccinations: 3,444,927
September 3, 2021
Tennessee once again broke records for hospitalizations due to COVID statewide Thursday. According to data from the state, 3,538 people are in the hospital with COVID-19, an increase of 37 people.
Tennessee seen many less cases reported 3,199 cases versus 9,419 on Wednesday
Active Cases: 91,807
Total vaccinations: 3,408,511
September 2, 2021
Tennessee once again broke records for hospitalizations due to COVID statewide Thursday. According to data from the state, 3,501 people are in the hospital with COVID-19, an increase of 163 people.
Statewide ICU bed availability increased slightly from five percent to six percent Wednesday. Now there are 114 available ICU beds statewide.
Knox County saw 22 deaths in the last seven days, with half those deaths occurring from Monday to Wednesday. Knox County Schools saw significant case increases Thursday. Active cases among students increased by 25 percent, peaking at 750. Active cases among staff almost doubled, increasing by 47 percent to 140.
The Knox County Board of Education met Wednesday night to discuss new COVID protocols in schools, eventually voting to not implement a mask mandate after hours of public forum. The Board did decide to implement a school-by-school contact tracing dashboard.
Active Cases: 95,705
Total vaccinations: 3,374,129
September 1, 2021
Tennessee set the record for number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for the entire pandemic Tuesday, with a total of 3,338. The previous record, which occurred on Jan. 6, was 3,334. However, pediatric hospitalizations dropped slightly from 79 to 73.
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital officials released COVID data for the past week on their dashboard Wednesday afternoon. The hospital only saw an increase of three patients, and the hospital’s ICU numbers stayed steady with one person in an ICU bed.
There are also only 99 ICU beds available statewide, meaning 95 percent of beds are taken.
Active Cases: 94,508
Total vaccinations: 3,374,129
August 31, 2021
More than half of the Knox County population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the county health department. The total rate of vaccinated people in the county is 54.76 percent. 48.52 percent of people have gotten both doses of the vaccine.
However, East Tennessee ICU bed availability is at its scarcest since the beginning of the pandemic. As of Tuesday, 169 people are in East Tennessee hospital ICU beds. Seven ICU beds are available in the region.
Active Cases: 92,891
Total vaccinations: 3,374,129
August 28, 2021
Tennessee seen 71,430 vaccinations in the last week which is double had previously been seen.
ICU bed space increased to 7% availability following the previous week of only 6%.
Knox County seen 1,040 recovered or new inactive cases in the last week, which is almost double the amount from the week before.
Active Cases: 83,771
Total vaccinations: 3,368,073
August 27, 2021
Tennessee saw over 36,000 new vaccinations this week, with 36,615 shots given.
Just last week the state of Tennessee saw the largest spike of new COVID-19 cases among children since the pandemic began, according to data from the state health department. This week things are different.
The state only saw a 0.6 percent increase in total active cases from Monday to Thursday this week, versus an 11 percent increase last week. Additionally, pediatric floor beds gradually increased in availability.
Wednesday floor beds were 16 percent open, and as of Friday floor beds are 20 percent open.
Active Cases: 81,734
Total vaccinations: 3,333,258
August 25, 2021
The state of Tennessee has now seen over 1 million COVID cases over the course of the pandemic after a daily increase of over 5,000, according to data provided by the state. The total number of cases Tennessee has seen since the pandemic began is 1,002,632.
Only 5 ICU beds are open in the East Region as of Tuesday.
UT Medical began reporting daily COVID-19 updates on an online dashboard. According to that dashboard, 123 people are hospitalized and 85 percent of those hospitalized are not fully vaccinated.
The East Tennessee Children’s Hospital also established an online dashboard that provides weekly updates on how the hospital is handling COVID-19 patients. According to Wednesday’s dashboard, the hospital saw 11 patients over the past week hospitalized with COVID-19, but only five remain in the hospital as of Wednesday.
Active Cases: 80,965
Total vaccinations: 3,304,764
August 23, 2021
The Tennessee Department of Health reported 22,620 new cases recorded in Tennessee this week. This number has doubled in the pas two weeks according to state officials.
Vaccination are also climbing this last week to 74,935 new vaccinations. This comes as the FDA gives full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Active Cases: 69,880
Total vaccinations: 3,286,391
Nursing Homes in East Tennessee
Active Cases in Residents: 64
Active cases in staff: 111
UT Medical Center will now be updating a dashboard recording 110 hospitalizations today.
The University of Tennessee is changing its mask policy for the next two weeks following a spike in cases on campus, including a cluster at the Chi Omega House, that occurred on August 15 and was identified on August 22. This was included in their dashboard available to the public.
August 20, 2021
COVID-19 IV treatment sees uptick in demand, one patients calls Monoclonal Antibody Infusions “the Tamiflu for COVID”. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly supports in-person learning for children as new data suggests the pandemic has led to academic and mental health issues in kids.
Active Cases: 66,790
Total vaccinations: 3,249,885
August 19, 2021
Active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee increased by 2.6 percent from Tuesday into Wednesday, according to state data. Statewide ICU bed availability dropped to six percent statewide from Tuesday, with the state now only having 122 open ICU beds.
State hospital officials issued a statement on hospital capacity concerns, saying the lack of ICU beds in metropolitan areas is putting stress on the entire state’s healthcare system.
Active Cases: 64,058
Total vaccinations: 3,238,351
August 18, 2021
For the first time in several weeks, active cases in the state dropped by 288 or 0.5 percent. Tennessee has now surpassed 13,000 deaths from COVID-19, with a total of 13,018. Tennessee state officials reported 32 new deaths.
ICU bed availability dropped on Tuesday. Only eight percent of ICU beds are open across the state, totaling at 156. Pediatric ICU beds are now 81 percent full, up from 76 percent on Monday.
Additionally, vaccinations are up 14,069 from Tuesday.
Active Cases: 62,456
Total vaccinations: 3,225,525
August 17, 2021
New data from the Knox County Health Department say there are only 8 ICU beds open as of today for the East Tennessee Region’s 19 area hospitals. This represents 95% of ICU beds are full in the area.
76 percent of pediatric ICU beds are full across Tennessee, according to a new report from the Tennessee State Health Department.
KCHD is reporting that there is a 1.37 day turnaround on testing results, with 5,829 tests recorded from August 11th to August 17th.
Fully vaccinated people in Knox County rose over the past two days as well with a total of 48.35 percent fully vaccinated. Only 52.48 percent are partially vaccinated.
August 16, 2021
Amid the 14% case increase in Tennessee, Tennessee Health Commissioner, Dr. Lisa Piercey addressed COVID-19 in Tennessee.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, current COVID-19 hospitalizations increased 22% last week. ICU bed space improved from 7% availability to 10% availability.
“You very likely are to experience delays if you go to a hospital right now,” Dr. Lisa Piercey said. “...If you do not have a true medical emergency, please do not go to the emergency department. Go to a level of care where you can be evaluated then discharged if you do not have a true medical emergency.”
Tennessee reinstated the National Guard program to supplement back-staffing in hospitals on August 16. The state will take many members of the National Guard that have been vaccinated and that have a background in medical care into the hospital setting to augment staff.
In the last month, the week over week vaccination rate in Tennessee almost double. The rate went from about 58k a week to over 100k a week and many of those are first doses, according to Dr. Piercey.
“That is exactly what we need,” Dr. Lisa Piercey stated.
Dr. Piercey stated that more finalized guidance is expected to come in the next few days regarding third dose boosters. The FDA approved Pfizer or Moderna for immunocompromised individuals. Individuals must wait 28 days after the second shot and it is recommended to be the same brand as the first shots.
Patients who are going through active cancer treatment, transplants, immune deficiencies, have HIV, and are on medications that cause the immune system to be weakened, such as, chronic high dose steroids would be available for the third booster shot.
There will be no proof of illness required for third dose booster but the state recommended all people to speak with their physician, Piercey stated.
Patient privacy is still a high concern for Tennessee and multiple layers of verification will be required to access vaccination records.
August 14, 2021
“The Middle Tennessee Transfer Coordinating Center is up and running to try to balance the load around the city,” officials released in a statement. “Those transfers are being placed in hospitals despite capacity and staffing challenges.”
Total tests: 8,650,228
August 13, 2021
Total tests: 8,627,922
August 12, 2021
Total tests: 8,602,094
August 11, 2021
There are currently only five Intensive Care Unit beds available in East Tennessee hospitals, according to an update from the state health department. Hospitalization numbers are also approaching January levels.
Total tests: 8,585,884
Total tests: 7,658,583
Total tests: 7,643,133
Total tests: 7,543,460
Total tests: 7,525,551
Total tests: 7,509,026
Total tests: 7,497,811
Total tests: 7,445,689
Total tests: 7,427,609
Total tests: 7,408,434
Total tests: 7,391,424
Total tests: 7,379,379
Total tests: 7,346,127
Total tests: 7,331,235
Total tests: 7,312,280
Total tests: 7,294,303
Total tests: 7,285,670
Total tests: 7,219,625
Total tests: 7,202,698
Total tests: 7,193,753
Total tests: 7,159,980
Total tests: 7,144,455
Total tests: 7,124,858
Total tests: 7,106,932
Total tests: 7,095,028
Total tests: 7,060,847
Total tests: 7,034,682
Total tests: 7,026,813
Total tests: 7,005,827
Total tests: 6,996,960
Total tests: 6,963,586
Total tests: 6,944,400
Total tests: 6,923,442
Total tests: 6,903,828
Total tests: 6,890,904
Total tests: 6,8786,856
Total tests: 6,872,745
Total tests: 6,856,581
Total tests: 6,834,882
Officials said the positivity rate dropped to 4.67, the lowest the state has seen this year.
Total tests: 6,817,121
Total tests: 6,797,475
Total tests: 6,789,970
Total tests: 6,780,861
Total tests: 6,769,438
Total tests: 6,753,759
Total tests: 6,735,104
Total tests: 6,709,400
Total tests: 6,693,645
Total tests: 6,681,400
On Feb. 22, the health department said that the daily added cases went below 1,000 with 952.
Total tests: 6,674,491
Total tests: 6,665,429
Total tests: 6,654,486
Total tests: 6,644,952
Total tests: 6,634,437
Total tests: 6,626,533
Total tests: 6,618,281
Total tests: 6,606,949
Total tests: 6,592,275
Total tests: 6,572,241
Total tests: 6,547,434
Total tests: 6,523,383
Total tests: 6,495,794
Total tests: 6,486,810
Total tests: 6,475,194
Total tests: 6,447,310
Total tests: 6,417,656
Total tests: 6,389,746
Total tests: 6,359,798
On Feb 3, Tennessee surpassed 10,000 deaths due to the virus.
Total tests: 6,347,070
Total tests: 6,336,990
Total tests: 6,327,384
Total tests: 6,295,021
Total tests: 6,277,768
Total tests: 6,247,215
Total tests: 6,233,246
Total tests: 6,207,152
Total tests: 6,198,623
Total tests: 6,184,590
Total tests: 6,158,760
Friday, Tennessee surpassed 700,000 coronavirus cases in the state.
Total tests: 6,128,305
Total tests: 6,101,159
Total tests: 6,078,484
Total tests: 6,044,547
Total tests: 6,044,547
Total tests: 6,030,431
Total tests: 6,000,691
Total tests: 5,972,373
Total tests: 5,939,455
Total tests: 5,915,239
Total tests: 5,894,813
Total tests: 5,879,860
Total tests: 5,858,864
Total tests: 5,821,802
Total tests: 5,789,702
Total tests: 5,756,109
Total tests: 5,716,342
On January 5, the health department began reporting on vaccinations.
Total tests: 5,686,467
Total tests: 5,673,239
As of January 3, 2021, Tennessee had reached 608,297 total cases, 7,025 total deaths, 3,176 current hospitalizations and 526,966 recoveries from the virus.
Guidance released by the CDC advises practicing preventative measures to help stop an outbreak in your community by:
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, stay home
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue
- Clean frequently touched surfaces daily
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
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