Oct 18 2020
12:46 pm

Coronavirus cases up 6.5%.
Coronavirus hospitalizations up again this week, 8.2% , up 53.5% from two weeks ago.
Spike in coronavirus deaths, 7 deaths in the past week.

** Positivity rate = 8.6% *** 7-day average is 9.76%.
Positivity rate preferred to be below 5%.

The Knox County Health Department reports

11,479 coronavirus cases and 495 probable cases.

That's 702 new cases in the past week,
That's a 6.5% increase over a week ago.

There are 66 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.
Five more than a week ago.

There have been 93 deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
Seven deaths due to COVID-19 in the past week.
That's a 8.2% increase in deaths in the past week (86 as of October 10).

5 in the 18-44 age group (5%)
21 in the 45-64 age group (23%)
23 in the 65-74 age group (25%)
44 in the 75+ age group (47%)

** Change in data used for tests conducted on Knox County residents coincide with the new positivity rate added to the website,
Coronavirus test counts nearly double from all previous data.
Hard to imagine why the data is so different.

*From the Knox County, TN, website: "October 14, 2020: To better coincide with the new positivity rate added to the website, KCHD is now using Tennessee Department of Health data (PCR tests only) to calculate testing volume in Knox County. Lag times will still be calculated using a sample data set from Knox County. All values have been updated from April 1, 2020, when testing data became available."

Whereas last Sunday, 9/27/2020, Knox County Health Dept. was showing 3,880 coronavirus tests conducted, the number now is 7,545.
A week ago for the week of 9/20/2020, they showed 3,790 coronavirus test were conducted, the number now is 8,375, etc.

As of October 13, 2020, ICU Bed availability is at 13.7%. (278 ICU beds total with 38 beds available) .
ICU bed availability is up as compared to a week ago.
(Note, the week of 9/1/2020, ICU bed capacity was 278, then the week of 9/8/2020, ICU bed capacity was raised to 374, then the week of Sept. 22 ICU bed capacity has been reduced back down to 278.)
(Note, prior to the 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County hospitals have increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On October 16, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on October 9)

37918 has the most cases with 983 cases (population 44,476) (15.6% increase)
37920 with 922 cases (population 39,000) (16.1% increase)
37916 with 860 cases (population 12,507) (1.8% increase)
37921 with 709 cases (population 28,000) (11.8% increase)
37922 with 653 cases (population 41,539) (18.1% increase)
37919 with 650 cases (population 28,000) (16.1% increase)
37923 with 581 cases (population 30,000) (21.3% increase)
37917 with 556 cases (population 27,000) (10.8% increase)

Be careful out there.

fischbobber's picture

Did I really hear that?

I was thinking back over last nights Commission meeting and seem to remember Kyle Ward indicating his wife and mother in law were high risk but he was ready to sacrifice them to break up the Board of Health and get rid of the mask mandate. I can remember saying to myself, "What?" and making a mental note to ask my mother in law if she was really sure it was a good time to be a republican. I don't think killing my wife and mother in law is going to float as a holiday activity in my house. I think I'll just keep being a Democrat and do what I can to keep everyone alive.

fischbobber's picture

Playback of County Commission Planning session 101920

I have been waiting for this video to be reposted so I can cross-check and see what I thought I saw.

Does anyone know if a full, unedited video exists on the internet, of this event?

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