COVID-19 Update: 5 Things You Need to Know This Week

{Graphic Courtesy of the TN Dept. of Health}

With the announcement of Friday’s numbers at 2 p.m., Tennessee reported 25,520 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last seven days (3,435 more than the previous week). Our state experienced 48 new deaths this week. According to the state, 16,925 total COVID-19 patients have recovered. That’s around 66 percent of reported cases. As of today, 482,172 of Tennessee’s 6.8 million residents have been tested. Here’s the top five things you need to know for today:

1 | COVID cases are on the rise. The seven day period from Saturday to Friday saw an increase of 3,435 cases this week. That’s a 1,545 increase over the previous seven day period.

2 | Judge rules in favor of mail in voting. On Thursday, a Davidson County judge ruled that Tennessee must allow all 4.1 million registered voters to vote by mail due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The decision overrules Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office who’d stated that fear of catching the virus was not a reason to expand absentee voting.

3 | Fairs, festivals, and parades are a go. Also on Thursday, Governor Bill Lee announces that the state would lift restrictions on larger events in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Attendees are still encouraged to social distance and wear a mask.

4 | Tennessee’s Lake County leads U.S. in number of active cases per capita. After an outbreak at an area prison, Lake County — a small town in the northwest corner of the state with a population of just over 7,500 — has reported 352 new cases over the past seven days. Local officials attribute the spike to an outbreak at Northwest Correctional Complex. However, online records for the prison show only 230 inmates as positive for the virus, according to the Associated Press.

5| Tennessee stops distributing free sock masks after discovering that they had been sprayed with the chemical known as Silvadur. According to North Carolina manufacturer who supplied them, Silvadur is an anti-microbial agent commonly applied to fabrics to reduce growth of bacteria that cause odor. The state ordered an independent safety study and asks those who already possess the masks to use them “at their own discretion.”

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