August 4 local COVID-19 data dive: Fewer positive cases, tests reported in last 2 days

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(WJHL)- Digital Reporter Jessica Fuller breaks down COVID-19 data every day on WJHL.com and social media.

Northeast Tennessee

Northeast Tennessee counties reported 74 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, well below the trend of about 125 new cases set over the past two weeks.

With a lower case count comes a lower testing count – for the past two days, the number of tests reported in northeast Tennessee counties dropped to 560 on Monday and 468 on Tuesday, well below the 14-day average of about 1,274 tests per day.

Even with fewer cases and tests to report, the daily positivity rate came in at about 16% on Tuesday and about 20% on Monday, two of the highest daily positivity rates reported in the past two weeks.

The cumulative positivity rate also continues a climb it began in about mid-June. From its lowest of about 1.55%, the positivity rate came in at 5.79% on Tuesday after more than a month of continuous increase.

Tuesday brought 26 new “active cases” to northeast Tennessee counties, well below the current trend of about 82 new active cases calculated per day.

Washington County is reporting about 38% of all the active cases in northeast Tennessee counties (798), while Carter County is reporting about 15% of the region’s active cases (323).

As of Tuesday, there are a total of 2,123 active cases of COVID-19 in northeast Tennessee counties, with 653 of them (about 31%) being reported within the past week.

On Tuesday the health department reported a total of 48 recoveries in northeast Tennessee counties for a total of 1,268 recoveries in the region so far. Sullivan county leads the way in recoveries, reporting 540 so far.

By Age Group*

Since the state began reporting data by the 5-18 age group, 208 children have contracted COVID-19. That means that about 62% of all the children in this age group (336) that have contracted COVID-19 have done so in less than three weeks.

By County:

  • Carter County: 43
  • Greene County: 51 (+2)
  • Hawkins County: 18
  • Johnson County: 32 (+2)
  • Sullivan County: 64 (+2)
  • Unicoi County: 1
  • Washington County: 127 (+2)

Southwest Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health reported 20 new COVID-19 cases in southwest Virginian counties on Tuesday, hanging below the current trend of about 28 new cases per day.

VDH didn’t report that anyone else has been hospitalized as of Tuesday, but one more person died from the illness in Smyth County according to Tuesday’s data.

Southwest Virginia counties are reporting about 2 new hospitalizations per day, according to state data.

Because of limitations with the data provided by the Virginia Department of Health, it’s not possible to report recoveries, active cases or the percent positivity rates in southwest Virginian counties.

*Age Group data is cumulative and does not reflect active cases.

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