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Washington County adds new COVID-19 case

Mike Still • May 24, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Far Southwest Virginia remained level and Northeast Tennessee reported one new COVID-19 case Sunday.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Washington County reported a one-case rise to 73, with no deaths reported during the pandemic.

Greene County’s case total was adjusted down by one to 47 with two deaths during the pandemic. Five counties remained level Sunday: Hawkins with 31 confirmed cases and two deaths; Sullivan with 61 cases and two deaths; Carter with 19 cases and one death; Johnson with 15 cases and Unicoi with three cases.

Across Tennessee, 20,145 cases and 336 deaths were reported Saturday – an increase of 356 and seven, respectively. The pandemic total statewide testing rate was 383,576 of 6.83 million state residents, or 5.62%.

Testing rates by county in Northeast Tennessee on Sunday were:

— Hawkins, 1,395 people or 2.46%.

— Sullivan, 3,704 people or 2.34%.

— Washington, 2,980 people or 2.3%.

— Johnson, 1,898 or 10.7%.

— Carter, 1,263 or 2.24%.

- Greene, 1,772 or 2.57%.

- Unicoi, 413 or 2.4%.

In far Southwest Virginia, the LENOWISCO Health District remained at 42 confirmed cases and four deaths during the pandemic according to the Virginia Department of Health (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus). Wise County’s case and death total remained at 24 and two, with Scott County’s totals at seven cases and two deaths. Lee County and Norton, which have not seen any deaths during the pandemic, stood at nine and two cases, respectively.

Virginia reported a pandemic total of 36,244 cases and 1,159 deaths Sunday, increases of 799 and 23, respectively. The statewide testing rate for people with nasal swab and blood tests was 272,333 of 8.63 million, or 3.16% of 8.63 million state residents. For nasal swab testing only, 242,292 people have been tested to date, or 2.81%.

Across the LENOWISCO district, 1,706 people have been tested via nasal swab during the pandemic, 1.97% of the district’s 86,471 residents. Nasal swab testing rates for the district’s four main localities in Friday’s report were:

— Lee County, 331, or 1.41%.

— Norton, 77, or 1.93%.

— Wise County, 818, or 2.19%.

— Scott County, 421, or 1.95%.

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