COVID-19 Update from Roane County Executive Ron Woody

Hello, this is Ron Woody, Roane County Executive, with a Wednesday morning, March 3rd Covid-19 update.

I extended the County Mask Mandate to March 31st, and we do anticipate that this will be the last extension.

Our plans are not to extend; however, circumstances can change, but we are not anticipating anything that would cause an extension.

Roane County, as well as many counties, are seeing improvement in the data we are following, and most specifically in reduction of hospitalizations and deaths.

I talk to our County Coroner generally weekly, and the hospitalizations and deaths are two (2) of our best indications of improvement and recovery from the Covid Pandemic.

Also, improvement is the number of sites (Pharmacy/Drug Stores) that were approved to administer the vaccine.

There are a number of reasons I extended the mask mandate for another month, but these are the two (2) main reasons:

 Roane County continues to lead the area in positive cases per capita with a little over 11% of our population who have tested positive. We are a little better than Rhea County at 12.5%. Knox County is ranking the best of the nine (9) counties with only 8.5% positivity rate.
 The second factor is the percentage of residents that have received at least one (1) vaccine. Roane County is only behind McMinn for the lowest vaccinations of our population. For the nine (9) counties, McMinn is at 10.74% and Roane is at 11.9%. Loudon County is at 19.65% and Cumberland at 18.18% which are the leading counties.

County Population First Dose
Anderson 14.67%
Cumberland 18.18
Knox 14.09
Loudon 19.65
McMinn 10.74
Meigs 17.91
Morgan 14.76
Rhea 12.9
Roane 11.9

Some good news is the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was approved Friday, and has teamed up with another medical company, Merck, to speed up production and distribution.

More good news is according to the State, Roane County now has seven (7) sites that are eligible to receive and give the vaccine.

If you go to vaccinefinder.org you can put in your zip code for the nearest locations.

Even more good news, on March 8th Tennessee goes to the fourth (4th) Risk Base phase 1c which is high risk comorbidities or individuals with other high risk health conditions.

So, in summary:
 Positive rates are down.
 Hospitalizations and deaths are down.
 More vaccines are becoming available.
 More distribution areas are becoming available.

We anticipate the mask mandate ending at the end of March, although, the courthouse will probably still have the restrictions due to being controlled by the State Supreme Court.

So, Roane County’s statistics:
Percentage of Positives of those tested- 13.04%
Percentage of Positives of Roane County Population- 11.07%
Positivity Rate as on March 2nd- 17.24%
Total Active Cases- 153 or 3%
Total Recovered- 5,658 or 97%
Total Deaths- 96

Please visit this website https://covid19.tn.gov/vaccinephase/roane-county/ to register for a vaccine.

To find a location for vaccines, please visit www.vaccinefinder.org
More good news is coming. Thanks for tuning in.

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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