New cases, deaths take off in Tennessee; 35 test positive in two days in Bedford County

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Last week the number of new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee was up 24 percent from two weeks earlier, now averaging 1,666 new cases per day.

According to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, in an Oct. 4 report, Tennessee is one of 24 states in the “red zone,” states with more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents. Tennessee has to date refused to release the regular reports from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The White House has also refused to release the reports.

On Friday, six school age children in Bedford County tested positive for the virus, the highest since mid-September. (The state reports daily on the number of new cases among school age children, which are defined as children age 5 through age 18. The state does not report if the children attend public schools, or any other demographic information about them.)

Three times since Aug. 1, it was reported that seven Bedford County school age children tested positive: Aug. 23, Sept. 11 and Sept. 18. Other days with relatively high numbers of Bedford County school age children testing positive include Aug. 1 (with six positive tests), and Aug. 16 and Aug. 26 both with five positive tests.

Bedford County embarked on a roughly 45 degree upward trend in the last 14 days, averaging 12 new cases per day. Over the weekend (Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11) 35 residents of Bedford County tested positive. Over the weekend there were 314 tests conducted in Bedford County. With 35 testing positive, the positivity rate was 11.46 percent, well in excess of the ratio public health experts say is necessary to ensure an accurate picture of how many people have the viral infection.

Bedford County’s neighbors are also experiencing rising case numbers, with the exception of Moore County. Coffee County has had an average of 26 new cases per day, Marshall County 11, Rutherford 67, and Cannon 5.4 cases per day.

Statewide the numbers are not encouraging. The number of deaths attributed to the coronavirus in the seven days from Oct. 3 through Oct. 9 was the highest in the last six weeks at 217. In the last 42 days, 1,031 Tennesseans died from COVID-19 , a daily average of 24.5. Over the weekend (Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11), 35 Tennesseans died from COVID-19.

Statewide in the last 42 days the daily average number of new cases in Tennessee has been 1,433. Over the weekend (Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11) testing revealed 3,714 new cases — 1,646 on Saturday and 2,068 on Sunday.

“At least 419 new coronavirus deaths and 44,333 new cases were reported in the United States on Oct. 11,” according to the New York Times. “ Over the past week, there have been an average of 49,674 cases per day, an increase of 15 percent from the average two weeks earlier.”