COVID-19: Tennessee cases jump 1,300 in 3 days

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 24, 2020 at 4:18 PM

The Tennessee Department of Health on Friday reported 460 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to 8,726 since tracking began in March.

Labs in the state had performed a total of 131,298 tests as of Friday’s report, up 8,198 from Thursday’s total of 123,100. A second round of mass-testing events is scheduled for this weekend in several locations around the state.

In the last three days, Tennessee’s confirmed cases have jumped by 1,332. Over that same period, the state reported 30,609 new tests.

The state also reported that it had made an error by reporting two additional deaths on Thursday. Instead of 170 deaths, the toll remained at 168 both Thursday and Friday.

For Northeast Tennessee’s upper eight counties, the state reported six new cases on Friday, bringing that total to 172. NETN cases by county: Carter, 7; Greene, 41; Hancock, 0; Hawkins, 28; Johnson, 2; Sullivan, 47; Unicoi, 1; and Washington, 46.

Six fatalities had been reported in Northeast Tennessee in recent weeks: Carter County, 1; Greene County 2; Hawkins County 2; and Sullivan County 1.

Across the state, there had been a total 808 hospitalizations (an increase of 15) and 4,370 recoveries (an increase of 177). The state had 4,188 active cases as of Friday’s report.

In Northeast Tennessee, 139 cases were listed as recoveries: Carter, 3; Greene, 25; Hancock, 0; Hawkins, 25; Johnson, 2; Sullivan, 41; Unicoi, 1; and Washington, 42. That left 29 active cases in the eight-county region.