COVID-19 UPDATE BY COUNTY EXECUTIVE RON WOODY

Hello, this is Ron Woody, Roane County Executive, with a Thursday morning February 25th update. Any data referenced today will be Wednesday, February 24th data.

As the vaccination continues to be given and warmer weather begins, COVID numbers across the Nation, State, and County continues to improve.

Currently, the State reports that vaccinations are available in Roane County at Baggett Pharmacy in Kingston, the Roane County Health Department, and the Roane County Wal-Mart in Rockwood.

We are optimistic that more pharmacies will come online as the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is approved. We are hopeful that Johnson and Johnson receives approval from the FDA tomorrow.

The National Chain Pharmacies have been giving shots in our Assisted Living Facilities and nursing homes over the past several months so, the general thought is their respective distribution systems are already established. So, we hope these pharmacies come online soon.

On another opportunist note is the general discussion on herd immunity, and that the Nation may need 70-90% of the population who have either contracted the virus or has been vaccinated.

Roane County has now had 10.56% of the population that has had the first vaccine, and 4.44% fully vaccinated.

Roane County has had almost 11% of the population that has tested positive and recovered.

The CDC has indicated that maybe another two (2) to three (3) times of the ones who tested positive may have had the virus nut were never tested which could add another 20 to 30%. If these numbers are current and continue to improve, we are hopeful our numbers each week will continue to improve.

We all have COVID fatigue, but as we see the end of the race before us, we should not celebrate too soon.

Continue to practice social distancing, wearing your protective covering while in public, and practice healthy hygiene.

Our current active cases are another good number at 3% or 159. Our recoveries are also another good number at 97% or 5,563.

Below is a table that shows Roane County and the surrounding counties’ percentage of their population who have received the vaccination.

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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