Roane County Executive COVID-19 Update

Hello, this is Ron Woody, Roane County Executive, with a Tuesday afternoon February 9th update. Today’s data is based on Monday’s data.

Vaccinations continue at the Roane County Health Department. Since February, we have averaged about 144 vaccines a day.

Around 6.2% of the Roane County population has received their first dose which is 3,358, and 3.4% of our residents have received their second dose which is 1,842.

Yesterday, our positivity rate was under 10% at 9.8% which is good news for Roane County.

Our total active cases are 186 which is 3%, also good news. Total recovered cases are 5,319 which is 97%.

Bad news is we have had 98 deaths which is 1.78% of those that have tested positive (5,603).

Roane County is still performing 7th out of nine (9) counties in positive cases per capita.

Roane County is still in Phase 1a1 and 1a2 with the age phase of 70 and older.

If eligible, you can request an appointment to receive a vaccine at 1-866-442-5301.

Looking at some of our surrounding counties, Roane County again has 6.2% of their residents vaccinated with 3.4% of residents receiving both doses.

County First Dose % Second Dose %
Anderson 7.61 3.69
Morgan 8.48 4.59
Cumberland 11.28 6.55
Rhea 7.36 4.07
Meigs 10.63 4.78
McMinn 6.31 2.68
Loudon 9.61 4.15
Knox 8.28 3.70

I asked on our TEMA call today, if the State would review the vaccinations given to the counties that has a high percentage of positives which could help Roane County.

We have also asked our State Legislation to look into Roane County receiving more equable share.

I think the State recognizes some issues regarding equity. We do recognize that underserved counties because of economic standards, get more doses. One of the counties asked if they could drop down to 60+ while here in Roane County, we have residents who are 80+ that still haven’t received the vaccine.

Be safe, wear your face coverings while in public, and practice good healthy hygiene.

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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