Dec 27 2020
07:49 am

Coronavirus cases rising steadily, up 10.3% in the past week.

Coronavirus deaths rising, 35 deaths in the past week.

Five deaths a day.

Of the 5 Benchmarks sorta, kinda used to determine how Knox County will handle managing the coronavirus, all 5 are in the Red.

*** As of December 26, the 7-day average positivity rate was 20.5% (down from 24.4% two weeks ago, up from 15.3% the week of December 5).

Positivity rate preferred to be below 3%.
As of December 12, 2020, Knox County is in the Red Zone and has been since November 8, 2020.

The Knox County Health Department reports 29,119 coronavirus cases and 2,778 probable cases.

That's 2,731 new cases in the past week,
That's a 10.3% increase over one week ago.

There are 138 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.
Two more than a week ago.

There have been 293 deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.

Thirty-five deaths due to COVID-19 in the past week.

That's a 13.6% increase in deaths in the past week (258 as of 12/19, 211 as of 12/12, 186 as of December 5).

Highest jump in deaths in the 45-64 age group, from 31 deaths to 39.

9 in the 18-44 age group (3%)
39 in the 45-64 age group (13%)
72 in the 65-74 age group (25%)
173 in the 75+ age group (59%)

The date displayed for ICU availability is the same as last week, December 15, even though the numbers have changed
As of December 15, 2020 (again), ICU Bed availability is at 7.7% (284 ICU beds total with 22 beds available) .
ICU bed availability is down as compared to a week ago.
(Note, The week of 12/1/2020, ICU bed capacity rose to 284, 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 December 25, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:

37918 has the most cases with 2,573 cases (population 44,476) (15.0% increase)
37920 with 2,363 cases (population 39,000) (14.9% increase)
37922 with 2,144 cases (population 41,539) (16.5% increase)
37923 with 1,714 cases (population 30,000) (14.8% increase)
37919 with 1,705 cases (population 28,000) (13.7% increase)
37921 with 1,673 cases (population 28,000) (12.1% increase)
37917 with 1,239 cases (population 27,000) (13.5% increase)
37916 with 1,096 cases (population 12,507) (2.3% increase)

Be careful out there.

fischbobber's picture

By the end of the year......

We will have over three hundred total deaths, around 150, maybe more , for December and staring at a January that will break all records and double our total death toll.

If we don't get mask compliance and people following, strictly, the five core habits, February will be worse. The storm and death surge will help keep people home News Years Eve, but if we don't continue that one day aberration as a trend, spring will be bleak indeed.

Mike Daugherty's picture

Governor Lee and the state of

Governor Lee and the state of Tennessee's elected leaders lack of leadership in dealing with the covid pandemic is responsible for the death and suffering of many. The ignorance and selfishness of so many Tennesseeans in following the recommended safety rules has been disappointing and disgusting. I hope and pray that the attitude of governor Lee, mayor Jacobs, and other leaders will change and they will enact policies that will save lives. Our leaders need to lead by example and provide the leadership that will convince our citizens to do everything they possibly can to control and contain the spread of covid.

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