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NET reports seven new COVID-19 cases, but SW Va. remains level

Mike Still • May 12, 2020 at 4:35 PM

Two counties in Northeast Tennessee raised the COVID-19 case total by seven Tuesday, while far Southwest Virginia remained at an 11-day plateau.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health’s tracking webpage (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Johnson County saw a six-case increase to 11 cases in the TDH Tuesday report. Hawkins County added one case, bringing its total to 32 cases and two deaths during the pandemic.

Sullivan County remained at 54 confirmed cases and two deaths, and Washington County remained at 65 cases and no deaths after a four-case increase in Monday’s TDH report.

Carter County remained at 18 confirmed cases and one death, Greene County at 46 cases and two deaths and Unicoi County at three cases and no deaths.

In Southwest Virginia, according to the state Department of Health (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus), the LENOWISCO Health District — Lee, Wise and Scott counties and Norton — remained at 41 cases for an 11th consecutive reporting day, with three deaths during the pandemic.

Across Virginia, 25,800 total confirmed COVID-19 cases and 891 deaths were reported, increases of 730 and 41, respectively. The state testing rate was 154,130 of 8.63 million residents, or 1.79%.

Testing data for the LENOWISCO district’s localities was not updated on the VDH tracking webpage Tuesday, but stood at 1.56% of the district’s 86,471 residents Monday.

Tennessee stood at 16,111 total cases and 265 deaths as of Tuesday, increases of 567 and 14 respectively. The statewide testing rate was 283,924 of 6.83 million state residents, or 4.2% of the population. Across Northeast Tennessee, the local testing rates, according to TDH data, were:

— Hawkins, 1,162 of 56,786 residents, or 2%

— Sullivan, 2,482 of 158,348, or 1.57%

— Washington, 2,471 of 129,375, or 1.9%

— Johnson, 941 of 17,788, or 5.29%

— Carter, 1,073 of 56,391, or 1.9%

— Greene, 1,427 of 69,069, or 2.1%

— Unicoi, 360 of 17,883, or 2%

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