Cases of COVID-19 in Bradley County have nearly tripled in the last month since reopening businesses.
According to Tennessee Department of Health reports as of May 1, Bradley County had confirmed 52 total cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. A reported 10 cases were still active, with 42 recoveries and one death at the time, but that has since changed.
While state officials were reporting a handful of cases for Bradley County, businesses began reopening. The governor’s stay-at-home orders expired April 30, and many businesses were able to open earlier on April 27.
Now, Bradley County has 35 active cases, with 129 total since early March, 93 recoveries and one death.
Likewise, neighboring Hamilton County neighbors started May with 160 total cases and ended the month with 813 total, according to health department reports.
A study conducted by the New York Times shows that cases in Hamilton County double every nine to 10 days, and how that affects Bradley County is yet to be seen.
Statewide, Tennessee began May with 11,891 total cases of COVID-19 and a promise to expand testing. Gov. Bill Lee has since urged all Tennesseans returning to work or “in doubt” to get tested, as all county health departments are now able to offer free coronavirus testing. However, the nasal swab test still takes up to 72 hours to process and return results.
At that time, Tennessee had 204 total deaths and tested 186,132 individuals. As of Sunday afternoon, the state has reported 23,006 cases, 364 deaths and 435,977 individuals tested.
Lee has announced that Tennessee tested 3% of its population in May, surpassing the federal government’s benchmark of testing at least 2% of the state’s population by the end of the month.
In addition to inmate facilities and long-term care facilities, Lee and his Unified Command Group have been testing high-risk populations in metropolitan areas, especially in government-subsidized housing communities where there are shared spaces.
Unchanged from May to June is how the severity of the virus affects the elderly. While the age group of 21-to-50 holds 57% of the reported cases of COVID-19 in the state, 93% of the deaths in Tennessee have occurred in those 51 and older. As many as 35% of deaths have been in individuals 81 and older, although they only account for 3% of state cases.
Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include:
• Grundy: 31 cases, 26 recoveries and 1 death;
• Hamilton: 813 cases, 260 recoveries and 15 deaths;
• Marion: 41 cases, 30 recoveries and 1 death;
• McMinn: 141 cases, 105 recoveries and 14 deaths;
• Meigs: 26 cases, 21 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Monroe: 64 cases, 45 recoveries and 2 deaths;
• Polk: 18 cases, 14 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Rhea: 210 cases, 114 recoveries and 0 deaths; and
• Sequatchie: 15 cases, 12 recoveries and 0 deaths.
Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:
• Bedford: 287 cases, 238 recoveries and 4 deaths;
• Bledsoe: 608 cases, 604 recoveries and 1 death;
• Davidson: 5,130 cases, 3,455 recoveries and 62 deaths;
• Knox: 379 cases, 314 recoveries and 5 deaths;
• Lake: 415 cases, 405 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Madison: 176 cases, 156 recoveries and 2 deaths;
• Montgomery: 270 cases, 122 recoveries and 3 deaths;
• Putnam: 491 cases, 223 recoveries and 5 deaths;
• Rutherford: 1,222 cases, 499 recoveries and 23 deaths;
• Shelby: 5,068 cases, 3,389 recoveries and 111 deaths;
• Sumner: 889 cases, 379 recoveries and 45 deaths;
• Trousdale: 1,395 cases, 1,354 recoveries and 4 deaths;
• Williamson: 555 cases, 353 recoveries and 10 deaths; and
• Wilson: 415 cases, 248 recoveries and 8 deaths.
As of Monday morning, Johns Hopkins University reported 104,383 individuals had died as a result of COVID-19 since the virus was first detected in the United States earlier this year. Johns Hopkins is reporting a total of 1,790,191 cases, with 444,758 recoveries.