Northeast Tennessee reported nine new novel coronavirus-related (COVID-19) deaths on Thursday, the fourth-highest reported death toll this month.
It’s the first time more than two deaths have been reported in nearly a week, and is the most since there were 10 reported deaths on Feb. 10. Overall deaths have been trending downward since the end of January, with last week’s reported death toll the lowest since late November. New deaths were reported in Carter (3), Sullivan (4) and Washington (2) counties. There have been 973 total deaths reported in the region’s eight counties.
Statewide there were 72 new virus-related deaths on Thursday, the most since last Friday. The state’s new deaths have also declined in recent days, with last week’s death toll of 367 reaching less than 45% of the prior week’s record total.
Other data notes:
- The state reported 998 new infections on Thursday, the third consecutive day with fewer than 1,000 new reported cases — the longest such streak in five months. Over the last seven days, the state averaged 1,326.5 new cases per day, the lowest rate since early October.
- The region’s active case count fell by eight, though active cases rose in three counties: Hawkins (+6), Unicoi (+1) and Washington (+3).
- Northeast Tennessee’s seven-day test positivity rate fell back below 10%, with 9.42% of the region’s tests coming back positive in the last week.