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Washington County posts only COVID-19 increase in region

Mike Still • May 19, 2020 at 6:09 PM

Washington County has added four new cases to Northeast Tennessee’s COVID-19 pandemic total.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health’s tracking webpage (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Washington County’s number of confirmed cases rose to 70 and no deaths in TDH’s Tuesday report.

Sullivan County remained at 57 cases and two deaths to date, while Hawkins County held steady at 31 cases and two deaths.

Carter County stayed at 19 cases and one death and Greene County at 46 cases and two deaths. Johnson County remained at 15 cases and Unicoi County at three.

In Southwest Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health tracking webpage (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus), the LENOWISCO Health District remained stable at 42 cases and four deaths for Tuesday’s report.

Lee County had 10 cases, Norton two cases, Wise County 23 cases and two deaths and Scott County seven cases and two deaths.

Tennessee reported a 367-case climb to 18,378 and four new deaths for a total of 305 Tuesday. The statewide testing rate was 5.1% or 346,123 of 6.83 million state residents. Testing rates by county were:

— Hawkins, 1,336 people or 2.35%

— Sullivan, 3,407 people or 2.15%

— Washington, 2,809 people or 2.17%

— Johnson, 1,875 or 10.5%

— Carter, 1,202 or 2.13%

— Greene, 1,627 or 2.36%

— Unicoi, 393 or 2.2%

In Virginia, the statewide case and death total grew to 32,145 and 1,041 — increases of 1,005 and 27, respectively. The statewide testing rate was 2.61%, or 224,991 of 8.63 million state residents based on numbers of PCR swab virus tests and serology antibody tests. Based on swab tests only, the statewide rate was 2.33%. The VDH now reports testing by ZIP code based only on numbers of the swab tests on its tracking webpage.

The testing rate for swab tests in the LENOWISCO district was 1.78%. Rates by locality were:

— Lee County, 340, or 1.45%

— Norton, 72, or 1.81%

— Wise County, 753, or 2.01%

— Scott County, 372, or 1.72%

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