NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Northeast Tennessee COVID-19 death rates continue rising, but new case rates are on a steady decline. The 14-day rolling average of new cases per day reached its lowest level since July 25 Saturday, at 83.93 with just 25 new cases across the seven counties.
That’s down from an Aug. 8 peak of 143.21, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). The one-day count of 25 new cases is the second-lowest daily total since July 12.
Sept. 8’s total of seven new cases was the lowest since June 28.
Deaths are a lagging indicator, following the trend of new cases by anywhere from three to six weeks. The 14-day rolling average of new daily cases was above 120 from Aug. 1 to Aug. 17.
The 14-day rolling average of daily deaths first got above 1 on Aug. 5. It’s been above 1.5 since Aug. 17, above 2 since Aug. 21 and generally above 2.5 since Aug. 27. It dropped to 2.07 Sept. 8 but a spate of 26 deaths the past four days has pushed it back to 2.86.
When the 14-day rolling average of new daily cases peaked Aug. 8, 37 people had died of COVID in the region’s seven counties. The number more than doubled in just 19 days, reaching 77 on Aug. 27. It has grown by 49 in the 16 days since — an average of more than three deaths per day.
Statewide, the TDH reported 165,922 confirmed cases and 4,969 probable cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
The health department also announced 1,923 confirmed deaths, 805 current hospitalizations, and 154,947 recovered or inactive cases. More than 2.4 million coronavirus tests have been administered.
On Friday, TDH reported 165,009 confirmed cases and 1,957 confirmed deaths.
The following data were reported in local counties on Saturday:
Total cases: 1,045 (seven new cases)
Deaths: 26 (one new death)
Active cases: 93
Total cases: 976 (two new cases)
Active cases: 99
Total cases: 712 (-2 new cases)
Deaths: 14 (one new death)
Active cases: 30
Total cases: 533 (-1 new cases)
Active cases: 108
Total cases: 1,935 (seven new cases)
Deaths: 31 (one new death)
Active cases: 169
Total cases: 251 (three new cases)
Active cases: 24
Total cases: 1,944 (nine new cases)
Deaths: 24 (two new deaths)
Active cases: 192
There were five more deaths reported in Northeast Tennessee’s regional counties: one in Carter, one in Hawkins, one in Sullivan, and two in Washington County, TN.