COVID-19 Update from County Executive Ron Woody

Hello, this is Ron Woody, Roane County Executive, with a Tuesday, March 16th 12:30 pm update.

We continue to have good news related to Covid-19.

First, the State’s website is easier to view and retrieve data and information on who is administering shots, which shots are being given, and if vaccines are currently available at that particular location.

Go to the Tennessee Department of Health’s website and there are two (2) banners at the top of the page. The red banner takes you to the Vaccine Information. Here is the link for the vaccine information page https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/

Second, Roane County is four (4) phases deep in the Risk Based Phase at 1c and three (3) phases deep in the Age Phase at 65 and up in age.

Third, three (3) different types of vaccinations are available: Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson.
Fourth, as of this morning, there are nine (9) distribution vendors or sites, and of those nine (9), five (5) had vaccines in stock.

Fifth, at many sites one can call to be placed on a waiting list which can be used at the end of the day to call on a short notice to receive the vaccine. Generally, this list does not require one to meet the phase requirement. Often times, extra shipments have come in to the vendors or appointments have been cancelled.

Sixth, the Health Department will begin extending hours to serve the public. They will be open 12 hours on Tuesday with appointments from 7 am to 7 pm, hopefully within the next couple of weeks. Go on to the website mentioned before or call the Health Department to make your appointment.

The Health Department has also improved the processing time for a vaccination which allows more vaccinations during the day.

Seventh, the data continues to improve. This information is based on Monday, March 15th.

Roane County is under 100 active cases at 64. Total recovered is 5,838 thus active is near 1%. Over the last seven (7) days we have averaged 76 tests a day with a positivity rate of 5.6%.

We have not had a death in almost 20 days with our death rate at 96.

At least 15.87% of the Roane County population has received at least one (1) dose, and 9.49% has completed the series.

Continue to stay healthy and thanks for tuning in.

Roane County’s Mask Mandate will end at the end of the month; however, the Courthouse is governed by the State Supreme Court and will still be under a mask mandate.

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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