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Two more COVID-19 cases in Northeast Tennessee

Mike Still • May 22, 2020 at 6:11 PM

The COVID-19 case total in Northeast Tennessee rose by two on Friday.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Sullivan and Greene counties each added a confirmed case to their pandemic totals. Sullivan now stands at 61 cases — a three-case climb in the previous three days of TDH reports — and two deaths. Greene County’s case and death totals were 47 and two, respectively.

Hawkins and Carter counties remained level on Friday: 31 cases and two deaths during the pandemic for Hawkins and 19 cases and one death in Carter.

Washington, Johnson and Unicoi counties’ totals also were unchanged as of Friday with 68, 15 and three cases, respectively.

In Southwest Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus), localities in the LENOWISCO Health District saw no new confirmed COVID-19 cases or deaths. Lee and Scott counties each had their totals adjusted downward by one case, to nine and seven, respectively. That brought the district-wide total to 42 cases and four deaths.

VDH spokesperson Robert Parker said Friday that the case adjustment came from reassigning those cases to the patients’ home localities outside the district.

In Tennessee, 19,394 cases and 315 deaths were reported on Friday — an increase of 433 and two, respectively. The pandemic total statewide testing rate was 368,170 of 6.83 million state residents, or 5.4%.

Testing rates by county in Northeast Tennessee on Friday were:

— Hawkins, 1,368 people, or 2.41%

— Sullivan, 3,501, or 2.21%

— Washington, 2,892, or 2.24%

— Johnson, 1,884, or 10.6%

— Carter, 1,229, or 2.18%

— Greene, 1,685, or 2.44%

— Unicoi, 410, or 2.3%

Statewide, Virginia reported a pandemic total of 34,950 cases and 1,136 deaths — increases of 813 and 37, respectively. The statewide testing rate for people with nasal swab and blood tests was 249,940 of 8.63 million state residents, or 2.9% of the population. For nasal swab testing only, 223,433 people have been tested to date, or 2.59%.

Across the LENOWISCO district, 1,614 people have been tested via nasal swab during the pandemic — 1.87% of the district’s 86,471 residents. Nasal swab testing rates for the district’s four main localities in Friday’s report were:

— Lee County, 365, or 1.56%

— Norton, 73, or 1.83%

— Wise County, 780, or 2.1%

— Scott County, 396, or 1.84%

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