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COVID-19: No new deaths in Tennessee, 11 in Virginia

STAFF REPORT • Apr 12, 2020 at 7:30 PM

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 5,308 total cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Sunday, an increase of 194 from Saturday’s total of 5,114. The death toll, however, remained at 101.

Statewide, Tennessee reported 567 hospitalizations and 1,504 recovered cases. TDH defines “recovered” as people who (1) have been confirmed to be asymptomatic by their local or regional health department and have completed their required isolation period or (2) are at least 21 days beyond the first test confirming their illness.

Locally in Tennessee, the number of confirmed cases reported on the TDH state tracking site increased by six — five of them in Washington County — to 134. County-by-county, that includes 42 cases in Washington County with 23 recoveries and no deaths; 37 in Sullivan County with 19 recoveries and one death; 23 in Hawkins County with six recoveries and two deaths; 26 in Greene County with 18 recoveries and one death; three in Carter County with two recovered; two in Johnson County; and one in Unicoi County.

Across the state line, Virginia Department of Health officials reported 197 new cases to bring the commonwealth’s total to 5,274 with 872 total hospitalizations. Virginia also recorded 11 new deaths, including one confirmed late Saturday in the Lenowisco District of Southwest Virginia. The death toll in Virginia now stands at 141. The state does not report recovered cases on its website.

The Virginia Department of Health is preparing to roll out enhancements to its COVID-19 reporting structure and says the count of new cases on Sunday, April 12, may be underestimated. The report on Monday, April 13, will return to normal procedures, with all cases identified by 5 p.m. the previous day. According to the site, the changes will enable the VDH to provide more detailed data on COVID-19 in Virginia.

Locally, the state tracking website reports eight cases and one death in Wise County, six cases in Lee County, three cases in Scott County and two cases in Buchanan County.

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