Wednesday Update from County Executive Ron Woody

Today is Wednesday, August 5th and this is a 4:00 update. First off, tomorrow is Election Day, so do please your civil liberties, responsibilities and go out and vote.

Good news this Wednesday and I hope we are seeing a trend, but I would not call it that just yet, but nevertheless, it was good news for today.

The raw data reflects 111 new tests reported. This number may be a little different than the State dashboard, but I will use this 111 as our new tests are being reported. The good news is that there were only six (6) positive cases out of the 111 new tests.

Here is the roundup of our numbers:
● 9,826 Roane Countians have been tested (18.4% of the Roane County population)
● 398 of those that were tested were positive, that’s up six (6) from yesterday.
● No new deaths.

I hope we are starting to see a trend of lower cases per day and a lower percentage of positive cases. For reference, we are using the population of 53,900 for Roane County.

One of the most important numbers from the start of the virus and the collection of data has been hospitalization.

Early on, the goal was to protect our hospitals from being without beds and ventilators. The thoughts were the virus may have to run its course, but at least we can protect our hospital resources.

So, I ask “What is that critical hospitalization number?” As a point of reference, we have had 16 hospitalized over the last 137 days. We don’t know the number a day that has been in ,which is an important number, but we could say that we’ve been using our hospitals for COVID patients
at least three (3) to four (4) times a month.

So, good news, and hopefully a good trend is starting, but I will say, the number on many occasions appears random. Let’s hope and pray a trend has started.

God Bless Roane County, our State, and our Nation!

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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