Two new COVID-19 cases in Northeast Tennessee

Mike Still • May 28, 2020 at 4:52 PM

Northeast Tennessee saw two more confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, while far Southwest Virginia’s case total remained level for a seventh straight day.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health tracking webpage (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Johnson and Unicoi counties each saw an additional case for new totals of 16 and 4, respectively. Neither county has seen a COVID-19 fatality during the pandemic.

Hawkins County remained at 31 cases and two deaths, Sullivan County at 60 cases and two deaths, Carter at 19 cases and one death and Greene at 48 cases and two deaths.

Across Tennessee, 21,679 total cases and 356 deaths were reported Thursday, for increases of 373 and three. The statewide testing rate stood at 6.1%, or 415,989 of the state’s 6.83 million population. Testing rates by county for the region stood at:

• Hawkins, 1,510 of 56,786 residents, or 2.66%

• Sullivan, 4,363 of 158,348, or 2.69%

• Washington, 3,166 of 129,375, or 2.45%

• Johnson, 1,922 of 17,788, or 10.81%

• Carter, 1,352 of 56,391, or 2.4%

• Greene, 2,130 of 69,069, or 3.1%

• Unicoi, 435 of 17,883, or 2.43%

The LENOWISCO Health District remained at 42 confirmed cases and four deaths, 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.

Statewide, Virginia reported a pandemic total of 41,401 cases and 1,388 deaths on Tuesday – increases of 1,152 and 57, respectively. The statewide testing rate for people with nasal swab and blood tests was 319,600 of 8.63 million, or 3.7% of 8.63 million state residents. For nasal swab testing only, 285,273 people have been tested to date, or 3.31%.

Across the LENOWISCO district, according to Thursday’s online data, 1,911 district residents of the population of 86,471 have been tested via nasal swab sample for COVID-19, or 2.21%. Test rates by locality were:

• Lee County, 438, or 2.21%

• Norton, 84, or 2.11%

• Wise County, 880, or 2.35%

• Scott County, 509, or 2.36%

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