Mon
Jul 13 2020
06:40 am

Florida hit an alarming one-day high on Sunday with 15,300 new coronavirus cases, shattering both the state and national record for new cases reported since the start of the pandemic.

With Sunday’s staggering surge in new cases, Florida eclipsed New York’s coronavirus peak of 12,274 cases on April 4.

Sure, go to Florida this summer. The beaches are great, Disney is open.

Please keep the spread in Florida or do a 14 day quarantine when you return.

Keep Florida's idiocracy in Florida.

Sun
Jul 12 2020
06:31 am

The Knox County Health Department reports 1,567 coronavirus cases and 51 probable cases.

That's 381 new cases in the past week, with 17, 93, 70, 54, 65, 41, 41 as the cases per day for the past week.
That's a 32% increase over last week.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, on 6/27/2020 for the first time Knox County broke the threshold for rate of new covid-19 cases per 100,000 Tennesseans.
Knox County continues to break this threshold, three times the week of June 28, three times the week of July 5.
The ratios are getting higher, e.g. 15.14 vs 21.95.
This threshold is used for decision making processes, e.g. long term care facilities in counties below the threshold for 14 consecutive days may consider allowing visitors. Sevier County has been above this threshold for 14 days.

There are 38 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.
That's more than double the number of cases (17) hospitalized last week.

There have been ten total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
That's double the number of deaths from two weeks ago (June 27).
One of our citizens died two weeks ago from the coronavirus.
Four people died this past week.

As of July 7, 2020, ICU Bed availability is down again to 7.7%. (272 ICU beds total with 21 beds available)
As of June 30, 2020, ICU Bed availability was 11.0% (272 ICU beds total with 30 beds available).
As of June 25, 2020, ICU Bed availability was at 14.3% (272 ICU beds total with 39 beds available).

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On July 9, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
37921 has the most cases with 175 (population 28,000) (38.9% increase), then
37920 with 129 cases (population 39,000) (59.3% increase).
37917 with 113 cases (population 27,000) (46.8% increase)
37923 with 103 cases (population 30,000) (21.2% increase) and

Continued...

Sun
Jul 12 2020
06:27 am

From reports dated as of July 11, 2020.
There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, 61,006 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 738 have died from it..

That is an additional 10,866 cases in one week and an additional 101 reported deaths.

That is nearly double the highest weekly increase in coronavirus deaths.

On July 8 a new record (2,472) for a single day of new coronavirus cases was reported.

1,006,616 residents have been tested.
That is an additional 128,386 tests in the past week.
1,615 fewer tests were given in the last week as compared to the week before.

Hospitalizations are up. From July 2 to July 9 (7 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 27.6% (182 from 660 to 842).

6.1% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.
14.6% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.

Be careful out there.

Sat
Jul 11 2020
06:18 am

Rep. Kent Calfee (71), R-Kingston (Roane County), said on Facebook on Friday afternoon he and his wife had tested positive.

Rep. Calfee is not experiencing symptoms.
However, his wife is being treated.

He " was in the Cordell Hull legislative office building as recently as last week, when he attended two days of Joint Government Operations Committee meetings. Only a few lawmakers on the 24-member committee worse masks. "
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After Calfee's positive test became public, Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville, said on Twitter she was in the same committee as him for 10 hours last week. She noted Calfee was not wearing a mask.
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The test results come ... days after Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks (who was hospitalized late last month), who led a prayer in the House on June 18, tested positive for COVID-19. Brooks shook hands with several of his colleagues that day.
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As recently as June 27, Calfee attended a Loudon County Republican Party headquarters opening that was also attended by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, state Rep. Lowell Russell, R-Vonore, U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett, and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty.

Contact tracing....

Many thanks to our legislature for being dumb as dirt.
Whatever...

Be careful out there.

Knox County, TN, started out pretty good with managing coronavirus growth. Then summer arrived and everyone decided it was time to play and, for business and government, it was time to go back to work.

Two of the Knox County Health Dept. five benchmarks have turned red:
1) "Sustained reduction or stability in new cases for 14 days",
5) Sustained or decreased COVID-19 related death rate for identified positive or probable cases.

One of the five benchmarks has turned yellow,
4) Health care system capabilities remain within current and forecasted surge capacity.

The number one benchmark has been red for several weeks.

The coronavirus death rate in Knox County stayed at 5 for several months.
In the past two weeks the deaths have double. Five more people have died, four of those in the past week.

Note that young people get sick and die from the coronavirus. The largest number of cases in Knox County are in the 21-30 age group. Two of the deaths were in the 18-44 age group, two others were in the 45-64 age group. It is not just people 80 and older dying from coronavirus.

Come on people. Let's not become a hotspot.
Respect your fellow citizens.

Be careful out there.

Thu
Jul 9 2020
07:57 pm
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Tue
Jul 7 2020
03:07 pm

Starting Friday, July 10, 2020, Masks are to be worn in all public indoor places where social distancing is not possible, [Sevier County Mayor Larry] Waters said in a press conference in Sevierville.

There are exemptions based on TN Gov. Lee's guidance.

Will the tourists go along? Who will enforce?

Be careful out there.

Tue
Jul 7 2020
06:52 am

From the Maryville Daily Times (AP News):

International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities.
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The guidelines, issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, provide additional pressure for universities to reopen even amid growing concerns about the recent spread of COVID-19 among young adults.

So far, Harvard University is going online only, even though they are allowing some students to live on campus this fall. Many California colleges are going online only, e.g.California State University system, City College in California, ​Los Angeles Community College District, Univ of CA at Irvine, Univ of CA at Los Angeles, Univ of Southern CA.

Here’s a List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening in the Fall, from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

It shows UT Knoxville using a hybrid model but UT Chattanooga and UT Martin with in-person models.

However, I know that some of the colleges listed are actually doing the hybrid model even though they are listed as doing in-person.

Sun
Jul 5 2020
06:49 am

The Knox County Health Department reports 1,186 coronavirus cases and 30 probable cases.

That's 343 new cases in the past week, with 16, 53, 15, 50, 70, 46, 93 as the cases per day for the past week.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, on 6/27/2020 for the first time Knox County broke the threshold for rate of new covid-19 cases per 100,000 Tennesseans.
Knox County continues to break this threshold, three times in the past week.
This threshold is used for decision making processes, e.g. long term care facilities in counties below the threshold for 14 consecutive days may consider allowing visitors. Sevier County has been above this threshold for 14 days.

There are seventeen Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized. That's one less hospitalized than last week.

There have been six total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
One of our citizens died this past week from the coronavirus.

As of June 30, 2020, ICU Bed availability is down since June 25 to 11.0% (272 ICU beds total with 30 beds available).

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On July 2, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
37921 has the most cases with 126 (population 28,000) (28.5% increase), then
37923 with 85 cases (population 30,000) (23.2% increase) and
37920 with 81 cases (population 39,000) (32.8% increase).
37917 with 77 cases (population 27,000) (40.0% increase)

Continued...

Sun
Jul 5 2020
06:33 am

Largest weekly jump in coronavirus cases so far.

From reports dated as of July 4, 2020.
There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, 50,140 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 637 have died from it..
That is an additional 9,968 cases in one week and an additional 53 reported deaths.
That is nearly double the highest weekly increase in coronavirus cases.

Every day this week there were record numbers of newly detected coronavirus cases in Tennessee, as compared to any previous weeks..

878,230 residents have been tested.
That is an additional 130,001 tests in the past week.
67,153 more tests were given in the last week as compared to the week before.

Hospitalizations are up. From June 25 to July 2 (7 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 161 from 499 to 660.

5.7% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.
12.7% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.

Be careful out there.

Sat
Jul 4 2020
06:17 am

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

A little trivia, by 1776, we’d actually been working on declaring our independence for years:

  • 1773: the Boston Tea Party took place as a protest against British taxation of colonial tea
  • 1774: the First Continental Congress began meeting to discuss what to do about Britain’s imposing unfair laws on the colonies.
  • 1775: the Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775, with the battles at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, and would continue until 1783 with America’s victory at Yorktown, Virginia

.

Be careful out there.

Wed
Jul 1 2020
06:26 am

Oklahoma will become the latest state to adopt the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion after voters passed a ballot measure Tuesday
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The result also marks the fifth time voters implemented Medicaid expansion at the ballot box after waiting years for their Republican governors and legislatures to act.
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The Sooner State’s 14% uninsured rate is the second-highest in the nation, behind only Texas and tied with Georgia.

Check out this map indicating the states that have and have not implemented Medicaid expansion. Seven of the 14 that have not implemented Medicaid expansion are in the southeast (of course).
The remaining six that have not implemented Medicaid expansion are Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Election day is coming up on August 6, 2020,
There will be State and Federal Primaries and County General Elections.

Check out the sample Democratic ballot.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, is the final day to register to vote before election.
That's just one week away.

Absentee ballot requests must be received by July 30, 2020.

The rules have changed a bit for being eligible to vote with an absentee ballot.

Pursuant to the June 4, 2020 Order of the Davidson County Chancery Court, if you are a registered voter and do not wish to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation, you are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail.

* I am hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at my polling place to vote; and/or I have determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.
* I am a caretaker of a hospitalized, ill or physically disabled person, and/or I have determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.

This year is important at all levels. Let's get out the vote.

Sun
Jun 28 2020
06:41 am

The Knox County Health Department reports 843 coronavirus cases and 28 probable cases.

That's 202 new cases in the past week, with 15, 24, 36, 18, 39, 34, 36 as the cases per day for the past week.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, on 6/27/2020 for the first time Knox County broke the threshold for rate of new covid-19 cases per 100,000 Tennesseans. This threshold is used for decision making processes, e.g. long term care facilities in counties below the threshold for 14 consecutive days may consider allowing visitors. Sevier County has been above this threshold for 14 days.

There are eighteen Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized. That's fourteen more hospitalized than last week. There have been five total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.

As of June 25, 2020, ICU Bed availability is at 14.3% (272 ICU beds total with 39 beds available).

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On June 25, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
37921 has the most cases with 98 (population 28,000), then
37923 with 69 cases (population 30,000) and
37920 with 61 cases (population 39,000) .
37917 with 55 cases (population 27,000)

Continued...

Sun
Jun 28 2020
06:06 am

From reports dated as of June 27, 2020.
There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, 40,172 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and 584 have died from it..
That is an additional 5,726 cases in one week and an additional 60 reported deaths.

On 6/26 and 6/19, there were record numbers of newly detected coronavirus cases in Tennessee, 1,410 and 1,188 respectively.

748,229 residents have been tested.
That is an additional 62,848 tests in the past week.
21,372 less tests were given in the last week as compared to the week before.

That is two weeks in a row where the number of tests given has decreased.
Is this the Trump program to do fewer test and get fewer cases? If so, it is not working. The weekly number of positive cases in Tennessee are higher than in previous weeks.

Hospitalizations are up. From June 19 to June 25 (6 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 59 from 425 to 484.

5.4% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.
10.6% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.

Be careful out there.

Sat
Jun 27 2020
03:47 pm


TN 799 new cases, NY 805 new cases on June 25th

And the State of New York has three times the population of the State of Tennessee.

Yeehaw!

Be careful out there.

Fri
Jun 26 2020
10:01 am

The Trump administration filed a brief Thursday night calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act — which allows millions of Americans to get health insurance coverage — just as the nation smashed a record for new COVID-19 cases in a single day.

Who elected these horrible, uncaring people? What they are doing is deplorable.

Mon
Jun 22 2020
06:40 am

The Knox County Health Department reports 656 coronavirus cases and 25 probable cases.
That's 84 new cases in the past week, with 11, 5, 17, 6, 15, 21, 9 as the cases per day for the past week.

There are four Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized. There have been five total deaths in Knox County from COVID-19".

ICU Bed availability is at 8.1% (272 ICU beds total with 22 beds available).

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On June 21, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
37921 has the most cases with 72 (population 28,000), then
37923 with 62 cases (population 30,000) and
37920 with 43 cases (population 39,000) .
37917 with 43 cases (population 27,000)

On June 14, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
37921 has the most cases with 57 (population 28,000), then
37923 with 56 cases (population 30,000) and
37920 with 39 cases (population 39,000) .

On May 31, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
37923 has the most cases with 35 (population 30,000), then
37919 with 30 cases (population 28,000) and
37920 with 30 cases (population 39,000).

Mon
Jun 22 2020
06:39 am

From reports dated as of June 20, 2020.
There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health, there are 34,446 cases in TN and 524 deaths.
That is an additional 4,905 cases in one week and an additional 52 reported deaths.

685,381 residents have been tested.
That is an additional 84,220 tests in the past week.
25,520 less tests were given in the last week as compared to the week before.

Hospitalizations are up. From June 12 to June 19 the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 34 from 391 to 425.

5.0% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.
9.9% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.

Be careful out there.

Sat
Jun 20 2020
05:58 am

WATE reports a coin shortage because of the coronavirus induced economic slowdown.

“What’s happened is that, with the partial closure of the economy, the flow of coins through the economy has gotten all — it’s kind of stopped,” Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday.

Not just here, at Weigel's etc., in Wisconsin Kwik Trip stores are asking customers to use exact change or credit/debit cards. And, apparently it is affecting people more than the great 2015 mulch shortage.

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