The TN Department of Health has reported four new covid-related deaths in Scott County in the past few days, bringing the total number to 58 since the start of the pandemic.
The Department of Health had not reported any new deaths from covid locally since September 13. However, that changed last week when the state health agency reported three covid-related deaths in a single day, and a fourth the following day.
There have now been 10 covid-related deaths in Scott County since the last wave of the virus began in August. In addition, 14 people were hospitalized during this period.
Meanwhile, the number of active cases of the virus continues to decline in Scott County, although the decline is leveling off. As of Monday, there were 197 active cases of the virus, up from 218 a week earlier.
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The Department of Health reported no new cases of covid in Scott County on Monday for the second time in three days, and had only reported 13 new cases in the past four days combined. But the number of new cases had increased before that. As of Monday, October 11, the health ministry reported 64 new cases.
For the week ending Tuesday, the Department of Health reported 85 new cases of the virus. This was down from 110 the week before and 122 the week before.
However, test positivity is starting to rise again, and was at nearly 20% for the week ending Tuesday. It had fallen to less than 10%.
For the seven-day period ending Tuesday, there were only 17 cases of covid among school-aged children in Scott County, or 20% of all new cases during that period. This is up somewhat from the previous seven-day period, when cases among school-aged children fell to just under 15% of the total.
Statewide, there are now less than 1,500 people hospitalized with the virus. A total of 296 people have been hospitalized with the virus in eastern Tennessee.