Six new deaths in Anderson due to COVID; State tweaks vaccination plan

Wednesday, December 30th, was the deadliest day so far of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States as 3744 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus were reported, setting a new single-day high.

In Tennessee, the state reported a third straight day of 100 or more deaths with 100 new fatalities on Wednesday, which also proved to be the most lethal day of the pandemic in Anderson County, where six new deaths were reported. Since the pandemic began, 66 Anderson Countians have perished. As of the Wednesday afternoon update, there were 856 active cases of the virus in Anderson County, and the seven-day testing positivity rate increased to 18.3%, meaning that 18% of those who had the test received a positive result.

One new death was reported in Roane County on Wednesday, bringing the death toll there to 54, with 658 active cases and a seven-day positivity rate of 21.8%.

In Campbell County, there were no new deaths reported, but there are currently 437 cases described by health officials as active, and the positivity rate over the past week mirrors Anderson County’s 18.3%.

The seven-day positivity rate in Morgan County has reached an astonishing 30.8% among the average of 44 people a day who are getting tested there. Wednesday alone, 36 new cases were reported and Morgan has an active case count of 235. The state releases statewide and county-level information seven days a week, and it can be found at www.covid19tn.gov, and at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.

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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