TDH reports 18 new COVID-19 deaths in NETN as state sees worst month of the pandemic

Local Coronavirus Coverage

NOTE: Beginning Friday, the Tennessee Dept. of Health will release daily COVID-19 numbers at 6 p.m. ET.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 659 new COVID-19 cases, 18 new deaths, and 501 new inactive or recovered cases in Northeast Tennessee on Friday.

Statewide, the health department reported 10,421 new cases and 115 new deaths, making December the state’s worst month of the pandemic, with more cases and deaths reported this month than any other. Today also marks the third-highest increase in new cases and the second-highest increase in new deaths.

Locally, eight new deaths were reported in Washington County, four in Sullivan County, two in Greene and Hawkins counties, and one in Johnson and Unicoi counties.

The 18 new deaths reported in Northeast Tennessee is just shy of the record set almost one month ago today when 22 new fatalities were reported.

The number of active cases in Northeast Tennessee remains at an all-time high with 5,112 reported on Friday, up from 4,972 yesterday.

Six of the state’s highest daily increases in new cases have occurred in the past seven days:

  • Dec. 16 – 11,410 new cases
  • Dec. 13 – 11,352 new cases
  • Dec. 18 – 10,421 new cases
  • Dec. 14 – 10,319 new cases
  • Dec. 17 – 8,945 new cases
  • Dec. 15 – 8,251 new cases

Friday, a record 72,427 active cases were reported statewide, up from 68,661 on Thursday.

There are currently 2,889 coronavirus hospitalizations in Tennessee, down slightly from the all-time high of 2,897 reported yesterday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tennessee continues to lead the nation in average daily cases per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

Through its new vaccine dashboard, the state reported that 2,711 vaccines have been administered so far.

The following data was reported in local counties: (number in parenthesis is change since yesterday)

Carter County
Total cases: 3,816 (+48)
Inactive/recovered: 3,194 (+49)
Deaths: 76 (0)
Active cases: 546 (-1)

Greene County
Total cases: 4,657 (+110)
Inactive/recovered: 3,690 (+60)
Deaths: 82 (+2)
Active cases: 885 (+48)

Hawkins County
Total cases: 3,040 (+69)
Inactive/recovered: 2,377 (+64)
Deaths: 48 (+2)
Active cases: 615 (+3)

Johnson County
Total cases: 1,679 (+13)
Inactive/recovered: 1,534 (+17)
Deaths: 27 (+1)
Active cases: 118 (-5)

Sullivan County
Total cases: 9,315 (+235)
Inactive/recovered: 7,823 (+164)
Deaths: 158 (+4)
Active cases: 1,334 (+67)

Unicoi County
Total cases: 1,237 (+20)
Inactive/recovered: 1,024 (+18)
Deaths: 36 (+1)
Active cases: 177 (+1)

Washington County
Total cases: 8,796 (+164)
Inactive/recovered: 7,216 (+129)
Deaths: 143 (+8)
Active cases: 1,437 (+27)

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