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COVID-19: State cases rise as testing ramps up

Staff reports • May 2, 2020 at 3:54 PM

The Tennessee Department of Health on Saturday reported 770 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 12,661. It was the second-highest one-day jump since tracking began in March. The record had been set in Friday’s report with 1,156. The two-day total was 1,926.

The state also reported five new deaths for a total of 209; 12 new hospitalizations for a total of 1,125;  and 172 new recoveries for a total of 5,718. 

None of the new deaths occurred in Northeast Tennessee. Locally, four new cases have been reported -—  two in Washington County and one each in Carter and Greene counties — since Friday. The local case count now stands at: 14 cases with 10 recoveries and one death in Carter; 43 cases with 35 recoveries and two deaths in Greene; 30 cases with 27 recoveries and two deaths in Hawkins; three cases and three recoveries in Johnson; 49 cases with 45 recoveries and one death in Sullivan; two cases with one recovery in Unicoi; and 57 cases with 50 recoveries in Washington.

According to the state tracking website (https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html), labs in Tennessee have conducted a total of 196,276 tests for the virus, up 10,144 from Friday’s running total.

The Virginia Department of Health on Saturday reported a total of 17,731 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the commonwealth, an increase of 830 since Friday. According to its tracking website (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/), there have been 2,519 hospitalizations and 616 deaths in Virginia since the pandemic began. 

None of the new cases or deaths reported Saturday occurred in the LENOWISCO District of Southwest Virginia, where there have been 41 cases and two deaths since the pandemic began. Lee County has had 10 cases and one death since the pandemic began. Wise County remained at 22 cases and one death for a fourth day, while Scott County stayed at seven cases and one death. Norton remained at two cases.

Labs in Virginia had conducted 112,450 tests for the virus, up 6,802 from Friday’s total.

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