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Tennessee reports nearly 15,000 cases of COVID-19

From staff reports • May 10, 2020 at 7:11 PM

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 217 new cases and one new death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Sunday. The state’s case count grew to 14,985 cases since tracking began in March. The death toll reached 243.

Locally, three news cases were reported in Northeast Tennessee, while case counts remained level in the LENOWISCO district of Southwest Virginia.

Northeast Tennessee’s three new cases — two in Greene County and one in Unicoi County — brought the total to 218. The county-by-county numbers stand at: Carter, 18; Greene, 46; Hancock, zero; Hawkins, 31; Johnson, five; Sullivan, 54; Unicoi, three; and Washington, 61. The number of deaths in the region has remained at six for several weeks: Carter, one; Greene, two; Hawkins, two; and Sullivan, one.

Northeast Tennessee had no additional recoveries, keeping the total at 190: Carter, 13; Greene, 41; Hawkins, 28; Johnson, three; Sullivan, 49; Unicoi, one; and Washington, 55. The region had a net of 22 active cases. 

The state listed a total of 8,432 negative test results for Northeast Tennessee, 380 more than in Saturday’s report: Carter, 968; Greene, 1,161; Hancock, 92; Hawkins, 1,074; Johnson, 260; Sullivan, 2,282; Unicoi, 341; and Washington, 2,254.

Tennessee also reported 159 new recoveries for a total of 7,528 and six new hospitalizations for a total of 1,325. Labs in the state reported 9,121 new tests had been performed for a total of 261,869.

In Virginia, statewide, 24,081 cases were reported for the previous day’s closing Virginia Department of Health numbers — an 885-case increase — while deaths rose by 12 to 839. According to the VDH website, there have been 157,957 testing encounters in the commonwealth and 3,211 hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

Across the LENOWISCO district, which includes Lee, Wise and Scott counties and the city of Norton, confirmed COVID-19 cases have remained level at 41 since May 7, with three deaths district-wide since the pandemic began in March.

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