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Tennessee reduces COVID-19 death toll by 2, adds 158 cases

Johnson City Press • Updated May 7, 2020 at 3:44 PM

The Tennessee Department of Health on Thursday reduced the state’s number of confirmed fatalities from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by two, reporting a total of 237 deaths rather than the 239 reported Wednesday.

A department spokesman said the figure for confirmed deaths decreased by two because one case was identified as being as out-of-state and the other was a data entry error that was since corrected.

The report also listed 14,096 total cases of the virus since the tally began in March, representing an increase of 158 over Wednesday’s total.

The state also reported 45 new hospitalizations for a total of 1,266, as well as 219 new recoveries for a total of 6,783. Labs in the state had administered an estimated 236,328 tests for the virus as of Thursday — 9,227 more than in Wednesday’s total.

NE Tennessee had a total of 210 cases: Carter, 18; Greene, 43; Hancock, 0; Hawkins, 31; Johnson, 5; Sullivan, 52; Unicoi, 2; and Washington, 59. The state dropped Johnson County’s count by two, and added two to neighboring Carter County’s total.

The death toll in the upstate remained at six: Carter, 1; Greene, 2; Hawkins, 2; and Sullivan, 1.

Northeast Tennessee had a total of 186 recoveries: Carter, 13; Greene, 40; Hawkins, 28; Johnson, 3; Sullivan, 47; Unicoi, 1; and Washington, 54.

The region had a net of 18 active cases.

The state listed a total of 7,532 negative test results for Northeast Tennessee, 287 more than in Wednesday’s report: Carter, 864; Greene, 1,023; Hancock, 87; Hawkins, 1,013; Johnson, 125; Sullivan, 2,071; Unicoi, 243; and Washington, 2,106.