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NET, SWVA see new COVID-19 cases

Mike Still • May 31, 2020 at 7:36 PM

Northeast Tennessee and far Southwest Virginia saw a total of four new confirmed COVID-19 cases in data reported Sunday.

The Tennessee Department of Health (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), reported two new cases in Greene County and one new case in Hawkins County. Green now stands at 52 cases and two deaths during the pandemic, while Hawkins stands at 33 cases and one death.

Sullivan and Carter counties saw no change in case and death totals. Sullivan reported 60 cases and two deaths, while Carter stood at 19 cases and one death. Washington, Johnson and Unicoi counties’ case totals remained at 75, 16 and four, respectively, with no reported deaths.

Statewide, Tennessee reported 23,006 cases and 364 deaths – an increase of 440 cases and no deaths reported Sunday. The statewide testing rate stood at 6.38% or 435,977 people out of the state’s 6.83 million population tested to date.

The county testing rates in Northeast Tennessee on Sunday were:

— Hawkins, 1,561 of 56,786 residents, or 2.75%.

— Sullivan, 4,355 of 158,348, or 2.75%.

— Washington, 3,334 of 129,375, or 2.58%.

— Johnson, 1,946 of 17,788, or 10.93%.

— Carter, 1,398 of 56,391, or 2.48%.

— Greene, 2,213 of 69,069, or 3.2%.

— Unicoi, 450 of 17,883, or 2.52%.

The LENOWISCO Health District tally rose by one to 43 confirmed cases, and the death total remained at four, according to the Virginia Department of Health (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus). Wise County added one case for 25, while that county’s pandemic death total remained at two. According to ZIP code data, the latest death was of a resident in either the Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Pound or Wise areas. Scott County’s totals remained at seven cases and two deaths. Lee County and Norton, which have not seen any deaths during the pandemic, stood at nine and two cases, respectively.

Statewide, Virginia reported a pandemic total of 44,607 cases and 1,375 deaths Sunday — increases of 996 and five, respectively. The statewide testing rate for people with nasal swab and blood tests was 352,707 of 8.63 million, or 4.1% of 8.63 million state residents. For nasal swab testing only, 313,283 people have been tested to date, or 3.63%.

Across the LENOWISCO district, according to Sunday’s online data, 2,252 of district residents of the population of 86,471 have been tested via nasal swab sample for COVID-19, or 2.6%.

Test rates by locality were:

— Lee County, 472, or 2.53%.

— Norton, 126, or 3.17%.

— Wise County, 1,089, or 2.91%.

— Scott County, 547, or 2.54%.

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