COVID-19 cases rising among school age children

Saturday, August 29, 2020

In the state’s tracking of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of school age children in Bedford County who are testing positive for the virus is rising.

In the seven day period from Aug. 21 through Aug. 27, the state reported that 24 school age children (ages 5 through 18) tested positive. In the preceding seven days (Aug. 14 through Aug. 20) the number of positives was eight and during the seven days from Aug. 7 through Aug. 13 the number was also eight.

The number of Bedford County residents of all ages who are testing positive for the virus is also rising. From Aug. 21 through Aug. 27, the state reports that 78 people tested positive for the virus, up from the preceding seven days when it was 61. Three weeks ago, 54 residents of Bedford County tested positive. However, four weeks ago (July 31 through Aug. 6) the number was the same as the most recent week: 78.

Statewide, the number of new cases is declining. In three eight-day periods, from Aug. 4 through Aug. 27, the number of new cases has declined by 20.3 percent. (We chose eight day periods because the state has not reported the information from July 28 through Aug. 2.) In the most recent eight days (Aug. 20 through Aug. 27) the state reports 11,379 new cases. Three weeks ago (Aug. 4 through Aug. 11) the state reported 14,279 new cases.

Statewide the number of new hospitalizations has fluctuated over the last four weeks.

• July 31 to Aug. 6: 537

• Aug. 7 through Aug. 13: 539

• Aug. 14 through Aug. 20: 508

• Aug. 21 through Aug. 27: 521

The state report from Aug. 27 indicates

• 149,179 cases since early March

• 1,673 Tennesseans have died

• 111,416 people have recovered

• 6,677 Tennesseans have been hospitalized