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Tennessee COVID-19 cases increase by 1,156 — biggest one-day jump by far

Johnson City Press • May 1, 2020 at 7:44 PM

The Tennessee Department of Health on Friday reported 1,156 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 11,891 since tracking began in March.

The previous one-day record was 478 on Sunday.

The numbers came as state announced an outbreak at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center in Trousdale County. Of the 2,450 total tests given at the prison this week, more than 1,246 came back positive, the governor's COVID-19 Unified Command task force announced Friday. Friday’s Tennessee Department of Health’s report for Trousdale County, however, indicated a total caseload of 1,020. The results follow widespread testing that found 583 of 2,322 inmates tested positive at Bledsoe County Correctional Complex. System-wide testing will start next week. Tennessee has more than 21,700 state inmates in adult facilities as of February. The state has 14 prisons, including four run by private company CoreCivic.

The state also reported totals of 204 deaths for an increase of five from Thursday’s report. None of the new deaths are in the upper eight counties of Northeast Tennessee.

Cases in the region grew by three for a total of 196. NE Tennessee cases by county: Carter, 13; Greene, 44; Hancock, 0; Hawkins, 30; Johnson, 3; Sullivan, 49; Unicoi, 2; and Washington, 55. One new case each was reported in Carter, Greene and Washington counties.

The state also reported 169 recoveries in the region, an increase of 17 from Thursday: Carter, 10; Greene, 35; Hawkins, 27; Johnson, 3; Sullivan, 44; Unicoi 1; and Washington, 49.

None of the state’s five new deaths took place in the upper eight counties. Six fatalities had been reported in Northeast Tennessee in recent weeks: Carter County, 1; Greene County 2; Hawkins County 2; and Sullivan County 1.

As of Friday’s report, NE Tennessee had 21 active cases, a decrease of 14 from Thursday. Greene County had the most active cases at seven followed by Washington County at six.

The state reported 5,433 tests had been negative for COVID-19 in the upstate — 245 more than in Thursday’s report.

Statewide, the Department of Health reported 1,113 hospitalizations for an increase of 68 and 5,546 recoveries for an increase of 208. Labs in the state had performed a total of 186,132 tests, up 8,506 from Thursday’s report.

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