Coronavirus in Tennessee: Knox County Health Department warns lab delays causing case counts dip, gives details in new death cases – WATE 6 On Your Side

The Knox County Health Department updates its numbers daily at 11 a.m. Visit for more details. Press rundowns by Knox County Health Department are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE)– The Knox County Health Department reported 3 new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the overall number of deaths in the county to 13.

Of the 1,628 overall cases seen in Knox County, 130 of them have resulted in hospitalization at any point throughout the health problem. The increase in total hospitalizations, up from 99 on Sunday, was due to a reporting hold-up of hospitalization information.

Eight of the 13 deaths in Knox County have actually been reported considering that Thursday, July 2.

Knox County reported 41 present hospitalizations due to COVID-19, up from 40 on Sunday.

The number of healings rose to 879. Recovered cases refer to those who have actually been released from seclusion after 10 days from their beginning of signs, plus 72 hours of being symptom-free. Recuperated does not suggest necessarily the individual needed to be hospitalized.

Knox County reported 42 brand-new cases of COVID-19 on Monday: 22 new active cases, 17 brand-new healings and three brand-new deaths. There has now been 13 deaths from COVID-19 in Knox County.

Knox County presently lists 63 possible cases of COVID-19 on the county site.

KCHD provides information on deaths, screening

According to the KCHD website, 7 of the 13 total deaths in Knox County have actually been over the age of 75. Two have actually been between the ages of 18 and 44. 8 deaths have been guys. 5 of the deceased have actually been Black and five have actually been white.

The Health Department stated the three new Knox County deaths were a 45-year-old man, an 88-year-old woman and a 54-year-old lady.

Dr. Martha Buchanan, director of the Knox County Health Department, stated the hearts of her department are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones as a result of the unique coronavirus.

The Health Department is still offering tests to anybody who want to receive one from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at its main location at 140 Dameron Ave. The test is given at no expense but delays should be anticipated.

KCHD is experiencing hold-ups as more individuals are looking for a test. Buchanan stated the department may cutoff screening earlier to allow the personnel time to process and gather all the outcomes. Recently the department stated as numerous as 400 individuals are looking for a test daily.

With warmer temperature levels anticipated this week, those looking for a test are being asked to bring water, a lawn chair, use a mask and practice social distancing while waiting.

Lab delays causing dip in case numbers

Buchanan went on to say that health departments across the nation are dealing with taking in brand-new information and supplying updates on the novel coronavirus has actually been a significant endeavor.

” We think the lower numbers we have seen over the previous several days are not an indication of less new cases but rather the outcome of lab delays,” she stated. “Were keeping a close eye on this and will continue to update our neighborhood accordingly.”

After a week of record-breaking new cases locally, the last few days have actually seen case counts dip. Buchanan stated laboratory delays as an outcome of the boost in volume in testing and lack of screening products are the factor for the decrease.

” That is the only way were going to have the ability to continue to address our economy and COVID-19 at the very same time,” she stated. “If we drop our guard and we dont practice those things, we will have more health problem and that will also affect our economy.”

She likewise said the numbers provided by KCHD “are as genuine time as they can potentially be.”

When asked about the number of cases increasing in your area, Buchanan said it is extremely concerning and continued to press the 5 core actions: practice physical distancing, use a cloth face covering when in public and physical distancing cant be kept, clean hands appropriately and frequently, clean surface areas frequently, and stay house when sick or informed to quarantine/isolate.

Parody social media account warning

” Please take caution when sharing info from accounts when you are unsure if they are legitimate or not,” Buchanan said.

You can follow the Knox County Health Department on Twitter with the handle @KnoxCoHealthTN or on Facebook at

Buchanan warned versus a parody account on social media claiming to be the Knox County Health Department.


Recuperated cases refer to those who have actually been released from isolation after 10 days from their beginning of signs, plus 72 hours of being symptom-free. According to the KCHD site, 7 of the 13 total deaths in Knox County have actually been over the age of 75. 8 deaths have been males. Buchanan stated the department might cutoff screening earlier to enable the personnel time to collect and process all the results. Last week the department said as numerous as 400 individuals are seeking a test per day.

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