Northeast TN COVID Case Rate Falls Again Over Weekend As Omicron Looms | WJHL


NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WJHL) – The new rate of COVID-19 cases in northeast Tennessee continued its recent decline over the weekend and fell 23% in the past two weeks – even as the rate in the state of Tennessee increased by more than 8% during the same period.

The data comes from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), which has reported 465 new cases of COVID-19, seven new deaths and 619 new inactive / recovered cases in the seven-county area in the past three days.

The seven-day moving average of new cases per 100,000 population, or “community spread rate,” fell to 286 on Monday from 302 on Friday. Tennessee’s rate fell from 185 to 213 over the weekend.

The decrease in new rates of COVID-19 cases in northeast Tennessee and their increase statewide have narrowed the gap between the region and the state to its lowest point since late October. However, cases remain over a third higher in the region. (Photo WJHL)

While the region’s spread rate is still 34% higher than the state’s rate, it was 91% higher just two weeks ago. The spread is the closest since late October, when rates were near their lowest after the initial delta variant hike.

The seven-day test positive rate in northeast Tennessee also continued its recent decline over the weekend, from 13.6% to 12.8%. It had reached 16.6% on December 3.

Testing positivity in northeast Tennessee remains higher than that of the state, but that gap has also narrowed in the past two weeks, with the region’s rate falling by more than 16%.

Tennessee’s rate, meanwhile, soared to double digits over the weekend, reaching 10.1%. It was 9.1% two weeks ago.

Still high mortality rates

The higher rates also gave the region higher population-adjusted COVID death numbers and this trend has continued.

Northeast Tennessee’s COVID-adjusted death rate is 40% higher than that of Tennessee.

The seven deaths reported over the weekend put the seven-day average per 100,000 at 5.9, 40 percent higher than the Tennessee average of 4.2. So far this month, Northeast Tennessee’s rate of 15.2 COVID deaths per 100,000 is 21% higher than the Tennessee average of 12.6.

Vaccination

To date, 246,041 people, or about 48.7% of the total population, in northeast Tennessee are fully vaccinated.

There were 1,229 new vaccinations in the past week, down 25% from the previous seven-day period and 60% from about a month ago.

Northeast Tennessee’s fully vaccinated percentage is about 2.5% lower than the Tennessee rate and nearly 13% lower than the national rate of 61.2%.

New cases

New cases reported in the past three days by county: Carter +41, Greene +67, Hawkins +43, Johnson +18, Sullivan +171, Unicoi +10 and Washington +115.

In the past seven days, northeast Tennessee has added 1,528 new cases. In the previous seven days, the region reported 1,753 new cases.

There have been 99,398 cases reported in northeast Tennessee since the start of the pandemic.

Community spread rate

All seven counties have “high” levels of community transmission, based on CDC community transmission indicators.

New deaths

New deaths reported in the past three days by county: Carter +1, Greene +3, Hawkins +1 and Sullivan +2.

Ballad Health COVID hospitalizations remain well above their rate of a month ago.

In the past seven days, northeast Tennessee has reported 30 new deaths. In the previous seven-day period, 30 deaths were also reported.

There have been 1,651 reported deaths in northeast Tennessee since the start of the pandemic.

TDH reported 2,647 active cases in northeast Tennessee, down 159 from Friday.

COVID-19 in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health has reported 4,037 new cases statewide since Friday, bringing the state’s total to 1,354,367 cases.

The health department also reported 69 new deaths, bringing the state’s total to 18,045 deaths.

Active cases

There are currently 22,508 active cases in Tennessee, up 1,483 from Friday.

Health officials have reported 1,313,805 recoveries in Tennessee since the start of the pandemic.


The following data has been reported: (the number in parentheses has changed since Friday)

Northeastern Tennessee
Total number of cases: 99,398 (465)
Idle / Recovered: 95,100 (619)
Death: 1,651 (7)
Active cases: 2,647 (-159)

Carter County
Total number of cases: 11,363 (+41)
Idle / Recovered: 10,866 (+50)
Death: 241 (+1)
Active cases: 256 (-6)

Greene County
Total cases: 14,904 (+67)
Inactive / Recovered: 14,339 (+81)
Death: 254 (+3)
Active cases: 311 (-17)

Hawkins County
Total cases: 11,209 (+43)
Idle / Recovered: 10,782 (+46)
Death: 195 (+1)
Active cases: 232 (-5)

Johnson County
Total number of cases: 4,117 (+18)
Idle / Recovered: 3,964 (+21)
Death: 54 (0)
Active cases: 99 (-4)

Sullivan County
Total number of cases: 30,0016 (+171)
Idle / Recovered: 28,404 (+89)
Death: 485 (+2)
Active cases: 906 (-41)

Unicoi County
Total number of cases: 3,351 (+10)
Inactive / Recovered: 3,220 (+20)
Death: 71 (0)
Active cases: 60 (-10)

Washington County
Total cases: 24,438 (+115)
Inactive / Recovered: 23,304 (+180)
Death: 351 (0)
Active cases: 783 (-66)

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