COVID-19 Update

Hello, this is Ron Woody, Roane County Executive, with a Wednesday, September 23rd COVID-19 update from data of Tuesday, September 22nd.

 Total tested- 17,512 which is 32.5% of the Roane County population
 Total positive- 849 which is 1.58% of the population
 106 tested on our last report date with only two (2) positives
 Total hospitalizations -31 with one (1) new hospitalization yesterday
 Three (3) deaths.

Peer comparison of contiguous counties to Roane County, and comparison based on a population of 100,000, which essentially doubles Roane County’s actual positive cases as Roane County has a little over 50,000 in population.

As of September 22nd, these are the rankings as if the counties had a population of 100,000, allowing equal comparison:

County Positives Equivalent Ranking

Morgan              306       1,430    1st

Anderson           1,138    1,478    2nd

Roane                 849       1,590    3rd

Meigs                 221       1,901    4th

Knox                   9,052    1,925    5th

Cumberland       1,155    1,908    6th

McMinn             1,076    2,000    7th

Loudon               1,121    2,073    8th

Rhea                   788       2,376    9th

For the last several weeks, it appears that contiguous counties are not performing much different than how they were performing about four (4) weeks ago.

I was on a call last night that the participants emphasize the need for adequate/clean facial protection along with making sure we wash our hands and practice social distancing when possible.

Most all of us agree that if we are not exposed to the virus, we will not contract the virus. Also, we can limit exposure with social distancing and facial covering, and if exposed, we can wash the virus off of us as we are less likely to contract the virus or the flu in this case. The flu season is approaching fast. We will have updates later for free flu shots.

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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