COVID-19 cases climb by two in NET

Mike Still • May 29, 2020 at 6:27 PM

Northeast Tennessee saw a second two-case climb of COVID-19 cases Friday while Southwest Virginia recorded an eighth day with no new cases.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health tracking webpage (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Hawkins and Greene counties each added one confirmed case to their pandemic totals. Hawkins now stands at 32 cases and two deaths and Greene at 49 cases and two deaths.

Sullivan and Carter counties saw no change in their case and death totals. Sullivan remained at 60 cases and two deaths and Carter at 19 cases and one death. Washington, Johnson and Unicoi counties’ case totals stood at 75, 16 and four, respectively. Those three counties have seen no COVID-19-related deaths.

As of Friday, Tennessee reported 22,085 cases and 360 deaths — increases of 406 and four respectively. The statewide testing rate stood at 6.18% or 421,967 people out of 6.83 million.

The county testing rates in Northeast Tennessee on Friday were:

— Hawkins, 1,537 of 56,786 residents or 2.71%

— Sullivan, 4,280 of 158,348 or 2.7%

— Washington, 3,229 of 129,375 or 2.5%

— Johnson, 1,927 of 17,788 or 10.83%

— Carter, 1,380 of 56,391 or 2.45%

— Greene, 2,162 of 69,069 or 3.13%

— Unicoi, 442 of 17,883 or 2.47%

The LENOWISCO Health District remained at 42 confirmed cases and four deaths for an eighth straight reporting day, 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 42,533 cases and 1,358 deaths — increases of 1,132 and 20 respectively. The statewide testing rate for people with nasal swab and blood tests was 332,330 of 8.63 million, or 3.85%. For nasal swab testing only, 296,321 people have been tested to date, or 3.43% of the state’s population.

Across the LENOWISCO region, according to Friday’s online data, 1,924 district residents of the population of 86,471 have been tested via nasal swab sample for COVID-19, or 2.23%. Test rates by locality were:

— Lee County, 446 or 1.9%

— Norton, 84, or 2.11%

— Wise County, 885 or 2.37%

— Scott County, 509, adjusted downward by one from Thursday’s report, or 2.36%