Northeast Tennessee COVID case rate drops drastically over past 7 days

Published 3:44 pm Friday, April 1, 2022

According to data released by the Tennessee Department of Health on Wednesday, the region of Northeast Tennessee’s COVID-19 case rate has continued to drop over the past week.
Within the region, there were 125 new cases reported between Sunday, March 20, and Saturday, March 26. These numbers indicate the region’s lowest weekly case count since early July 2021, while also marking a nearly 40% drop from the previous seven-day period.
In the last week of January, during the peak of the Omicron surge in the region, Northeast Tennessee was averaging over 8,000 new cases of COVID-19 per week.
Based on the CDC’s community transmission indicators, six of the seven counties in Northeast Tennessee had fallen to “moderate” levels of community transmission. One county, Johnson County, remained in the “substantial” transmission zone.
In terms of fatalities, Northeast Tennessee’s COVID-19 death toll increased by 11 in the past seven days. Eight of those deaths occurred last week, while the remaining three happened in previous weeks but weren’t reported to the state until last week.
During the month of March, there have been 42 total COVID-19 deaths reported in Northeast Tennessee. However, the true number of deaths is higher because of delays in fatalities being reported to the state.
As of Monday, 257,131 people, or about 50.9% of the total population in Northeast Tennessee have been fully vaccinated.
Throughout the region, there have been 149,633 cases and 2,371 deaths reported in Northeast Tennessee since the pandemic began.
In Carter County, there have been 16,445 total cases and 328 deaths reported since the pandemic began.

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