Hello, this is Ron Woody with a Monday morning, November 16, 2020 Covid-19 update.
We have experienced once again a record number of positive cases as of yesterday, with 76 positive cases reported from 359 test results which is a positive rate of 21.17%.
Further, on Saturday our 14th death was recorded.
We are averaging over 40 positives in a five (5) day period. Over 38 in a 10-day period. Over 32 in a 20-day period, and our 30-day period is averaging 27.5.
As one can see, the positive cases continue to grow.
As previously reported, our rankings with surrounding counties have gone from third place to sixth, and it appears this past week we continue to perform worse than our surrounding counties.
To put it in to perspective, the percentage of the population which has tested positive is still relatively close. So, your percentages can be close, and your rankings can change. Of course, we are growing so fast that it appears our numbers and percentages of our population will continue to climb.
Meigs County, ranking 1st place, is the lowest of our surrounding counties at 2.7%. Rhea County, ranking 9th place, is the highest at 4.29%. Roane County is at 6th place with 3.7%.
Let me continue to encourage everyone to be safe when out in public, social distance, and wear your facial covering/mask.
A few Christmas parades have been cancelled. Some cities may or may not have them, but we are aware that Harriman and Rockwood have cancelled their Christmas parades.
Folks, if you are quarantined you need to stay at home. If you are sick, definitely stay at home.
The virus is spreading, and we have to keep it under control.
Stay tuned for an update later this week.