Monday, November 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update by Ron Woody

Hello, this is Ron Woody with a Monday morning, November 16, 2020 Covid-19 update.

We have experienced once again a record number of positive cases as of yesterday, with 76 positive cases reported from 359 test results which is a positive rate of 21.17%.

Further, on Saturday our 14th death was recorded.

We are averaging over 40 positives in a five (5) day period. Over 38 in a 10-day period. Over 32 in a 20-day period, and our 30-day period is averaging 27.5.

As one can see, the positive cases continue to grow.

As previously reported, our rankings with surrounding counties have gone from third place to sixth, and it appears this past week we continue to perform worse than our surrounding counties.

To put it in to perspective, the percentage of the population which has tested positive is still relatively close. So, your percentages can be close, and your rankings can change. Of course, we are growing so fast that it appears our numbers and percentages of our population will continue to climb.
Meigs County, ranking 1st place, is the lowest of our surrounding counties at 2.7%. Rhea County, ranking 9th place, is the highest at 4.29%. Roane County is at 6th place with 3.7%.

Let me continue to encourage everyone to be safe when out in public, social distance, and wear your facial covering/mask.

A few Christmas parades have been cancelled. Some cities may or may not have them, but we are aware that Harriman and Rockwood have cancelled their Christmas parades.

Folks, if you are quarantined you need to stay at home. If you are sick, definitely stay at home.

The virus is spreading, and we have to keep it under control.

Stay tuned for an update later this week.

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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