It saddens me to say Roane County has our first death attributed to Covid-19. Based on the current trend, we don’t anticipate this being our last.
I have had calls and emails from Roane County citizens wanting a mandated mask order. I have also had conversations from citizens saying “no” to the mask order.
Folks, there should not have to be an order. We should do what we think is the safest to protect our neighbors, families, and friends.
On July 15th, Roane County hit 100 positive cases. Now, just 12 days later, we are at 249, an average of over 12 cases a day. Five (5) days ago we had 156 positives, a difference of 18 cases a day.
One can use the statistics about any way they want, but we can’t deny that positive cases are going up. Active cases are continuing to exceed recovered cases (active today 145 / recovered 103), and Roane County will not stop at one (1) death.
Mandating facial coverings/masks will be no more effective than non-mandated. The only thing that will decrease the rate of the growth will be you being responsible.