NET sees COVID-19 cases rise by two for third day in a row

Mike Still • May 30, 2020 at 5:53 PM

Northeast Tennessee on Saturday saw an increase of two COVID-19 cases for a third straight day, while Southwest Virginia’s total remained flat for the ninth day in a row.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Hawkins County added its 33rd confirmed case during the pandemic while remaining at two COVID-19-related deaths. Greene County saw its 50th case while also remaining at two deaths during the pandemic.

Sullivan and Carter counties saw no change in their case and death totals. Sullivan stood 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 during the pandemic.

Statewide, Tennessee reported 22,566 cases and 364 deaths — increases of 481 and four, respectively. The statewide testing rate stood at 6.25% or 427,046 people out of the state’s population of 6.83 million.

The county testing rates in Northeast Tennessee on Saturday were:

— Hawkins, 1,554 of 56,786 residents or 2.74%

— Sullivan, 4,305 of 158,348 or 2.72%

— Washington, 3,304 of 129,375 or 2.55%

— Johnson, 1,940 of 17,788 or 10.91%

— Carter, 1,394 of 56,391 or 2.47%

— Greene, 2,190 of 69,069 or 3.17%

— Unicoi, 446 of 17,883 or 2.49%

The LENOWISCO Health District remained at 42 confirmed cases and four deaths for a ninth 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 43,611 cases and 1,370 deaths Saturday — increases of 78 and 12, respectively. The statewide testing rate for people with nasal swab and blood tests was 340,856 of 8.63 million, or 3.95%. For nasal swab testing only, 303,430 people have been tested to date, or 3.52%.

Across the LENOWISCO district, according to Saturday’s online data, 2,189 district residents of the population of 86,471, or 2.53%, have been tested via nasal swab sample for COVID-19. VDH officials on Saturday said that examination of ZIP code area testing data in each district resulted in cases being attributed to districts when they had not been in previous daily totals. The revision added 234 people tested to the LENOWISCO district’s total during the pandemic.

Test rates by locality were:

— Lee County, 459 or 2.53%

— Norton, 116 or 2.91%

— Wise County, 1,089 or 2.91%

— Scott County, 279 or 2.44%