COVID-19 Update with Roane County Executive Ron Woody

Hello, this is Ron Woody with a Thursday, October 15th 9:00 a.m. update of Covid numbers of Wednesday, October 14th.

It’s good to say that there is not much change in our numbers compared to the Regions.

The comparison of adjacent counties are as follows:
 Morgan County ranks #1 as if they had a population of 100,000. The actual positive cases are 380 which, gives us a comparison number of 1,775.
 Anderson County ranks #2 with 1,463 actual positives and a comparison number of 1,901.
 Roane County ranks #3 with 1,111 actual positive cases and a comparison number of 2,081.

All of our surrounding counties are ranking the same as last reported.

One thing that I have noticed on the data is that the total numbers comparing populations of 100,000 in some counties are closer together. The spread of numbers appears to be getting tighter in some cases which could change the future ranking.

Now, the question we try to ask is, why are some counties doing better than others and if so, why?

Three Regional counties have mask mandates. Knox County which has 11,257 positive cases, converts to 2,394 if they had a population of 100,000 instead of 470,000. Knox County ranks #6.

The other mask mandated counties are Hamblen and Sevier. These Regional counties have a 100,000 population comparison number greater than 3,000 cases.

Here are Roane County’s numbers:
 39% of the county population has been tested
 5.28% of the tests have been positive
 2% of the population has tested positive
 6 deaths
 162 active cases of 1,111 positives which means 943 are considered recovered
 36 hospitalizations since March 1st

We still need to social distance when possible. Wear your facial covering/mask when in public. Practice good health hygiene and stay home when sick.

Thank you for tuning in.

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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