COVID-19 resurgence begins in Bedford County

Saturday, October 17, 2020
The number of new cases reported in Bedford County over the last 11 weeks has been up and down but starting the second week of October there’s clear evidence of a spike.
T-G Graphic by Terence Corrigan

Are Tennessee’s leaders following in the footsteps of Nero? the Roman emperor who legend has it fiddled while Rome burned.

According to the story, in July 64 A.D. Rome burned for six days, destroying nearly two-thirds of the city, leaving half the population homeless. During this disaster, Nero’s only response was to play music. (Nevermind that the fiddle had not yet been invented in Nero’s time.)

The state maintains spreadsheets of various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic but it appears state workers must be getting tired of all the paperwork. Beginning Oct. 10, the state no longer records the dates on its spreadsheets. In the cells reserved for the dates it just says ####.

In the last 14 days, 25,395 Tennesseans have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday of this week, Tennessee recorded the highest number of new cases of the coronavirus in any seven-day period since the beginning of August (13,454). Bedford County followed right along with the state with its largest number of cases — 102 — in any seven day period since the beginning of August. Over the last 14 days, the number of new cases in Bedford County has averaged 13 per day.

In the last 14 days the number of new cases in Tennessee is up 38 percent.

Despite the dramatic rise in the number of new cases, the number of deaths appears, at least for the moment, to be in decline from the previous seven days. From Oct. 3 to Oct. 9, the state reported that 217 Tennesseans died, an average of 31 per day. In six days, from Oct. 10 through Oct. 15, 132 succumbed to COVID-19, a daily average of 22. As of Oct. 15, the state reports that 19 residents of Bedford County have died from the coronavirus.

On Thursday of this week, the Tennessee Health Department reported 2,289 new cases and 36 deaths in the previous 24 hours.

In the U.S., on Oct. 15, there were 793 new deaths attributed to COVID-19.