County opens up for Memorial Day weekend
On May 15. the Tennessee Governor’s Economic Recovery Group announced its intention to lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and retail stores starting May 22. As part of their rationale for easing the COVID-19 restrictions they stated that the state “continues to meet the goal of testing 2 percent of the population per month.”
In the eight days from May 10 through May 17, the state tested 75,532 people. At that rate, the state will test around 302,000 people in four weeks — 4 percent of the population, a testing rate double the state’s goal.
Meantime, in the same eight-day period, 57 Tennesseans died from COVID-19 and 2,621 new cases were confirmed. The state reports that from May 10 through May 17, 2,283 people recovered from the viral infection.
The Tennessee Governor’s Economic Recovery Group also justifies its decision to lift restrictions based on “Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period; OR Downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period (flat or increasing volume of tests).”
From May 1 to May 17 testing has identified 6,654 new cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee.
As of May 17, there have been 252 Bedford County residents that tested positive for COVID-19. To meet the state’s goal of testing 2 percent of the population every month, 1,000 Bedford County residents would have to be tested.
The average daily testing rate in Bedford County from May 10 to May 17 was 41 per day or 1,230 per month.
The current growth rate of COVID-19 cases in Bedford County is just under two per day or 60 per month.
Hot spots in Tennessee are currently Wayne County with 63 cases where the case count is doubling every day and Lake County with 404 cases where the case count is doubling every three days.
The counties bordering Bedford County are currently undergoing very low rates of increase.
Nationally, 1.4 million people have been infected with the COVID-19 and 89,504 have died.