Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bradley County rise to 8

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 3/30/20

The number of Bradley County residents infected with COVID-19 climbed to eight cases Sunday as the virus continues to spread.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bradley County rise to 8

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The number of Bradley County residents infected with COVID-19 climbed to eight cases Sunday as the virus continues to spread.

The latest numbers of those infected with the novel coronavirus in Tennessee, as well as across the nation, indicate Bradley County residents will need continue hunkering down in their residences, save for a few quick ventures to grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail businesses not shut down due to social distancing measures established last week by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.


The announcement regarding the Bradley County cases was made by the Tennessee Department of Health mid-day Sunday, which also listed the latest number of cases for the state.


To date, the case count in Tennessee is 1,537, including seven deaths and 133 hospitalizations.


Of the 20,574 individuals tested for the virus, the TDH reported 19,037 had tested negative.


The majority of those with COVID-19 were between the ages of 21 to 30, followed by those ages 41 to 50.


Below are the age ranges with confirmed COVID-19 infections, as reported by the TDH:

• 0-10 — 17

• 11-20 — 80

• 21-30 — 380

• 31-40 — 239

• 41-50 — 262

• 51-60 — 239

• 61-70 — 176

• 71-80 — 97

• 80+ — 33

According to the TDH, laboratory reports of positive cases are reported to metropolitan and local health departments as soon as results are available. State numbers are updated at 2 p.m. daily and there may be a lag in the reporting of cumulative numbers at the state level.


In addition, “Information about hospitalization status is gathered at the time of diagnosis; therefore, this information may be incomplete. The number indicates the number of patients that were ever hospitalized during their illness, it does not indicate the number of patients currently hospitalized,” according to the TDH.


The TDH also said “some deaths may be reported by health care providers, hospitals, medical examiners, local health departments or others before they are included in the statewide count.”


In the United States, the number of infections continues to climb, despite efforts by cities and counties to stem the spread through restaurant, retail store and other closures of businesses where people congregate.


On Sunday, Johns Hopkins University’s Operations Dashboard reported 142,328 positive cases in the United States, resulting in 2,470 deaths and 4,767 total recoveries. The United States now has the most confirmed cases in the world, surpassing China and Italy, according to cases tracked by Johns Hopkins University.

Worldwide, there were 721,817 individuals testing positive for COVID-19, with 33,968 deaths and 149,122 total recoveries. 

In Bradley County, the number of cases has increased from the first case, announced on March 20, to eight cases, with more expected to be added to the list as testing continues.


Below is a timeline of the cases in Bradley County: 


• The first case was announced during a March 20 joint press conference by Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks and Bradley County D. Gary Davis. The individual, who was unnamed, was described as between the ages of 41 to 50.


• There is no information regarding the second case. Initial reports on Sunday indicated a second person had tested positive for COVID-19; however, that number was changed back to one case by the Tennessee Department of Health the next day. But by Tuesday, the case count was changed back to two.


• On Wednesday, March 25, Lee University announced that a student who had returned to Cleveland after traveling out of town had tested positive for the virus.


• On Thursday, March 26, two more cases were added to the TDH’s list of those testing positive for the virus.


• The number of cases increased to six on March 27, decreasing by one case the next day before increasing to eight cases on Sunday, March 29.


Other than the first Bradley County case that was announced earlier this month, as well as the patients who self-identified on social media, the Cleveland Daily Banner has been unable to verify the age ranges of the other cases.


On Sunday, President Donald Trump announced he will be extending social-distancing guidelines through April 30, asking Americans to discontinue non-essential travel, going to work and gathering in groups of more than 10 people.

 

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