Bradley County added another 30 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total to 580 individuals confirmed with the virus. Bradley County has confirmed an additional 136 cases of COVID-19 this …
Bradley County added another 30 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total to 580 individuals confirmed with the virus.
Bradley County has confirmed an additional 136 cases of COVID-19 this week, with 49 on Monday, a record-breaking 57 Tuesday and 30 new cases Wednesday.
Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 53 Wednesday, granting protection for healthcare providers during COVID-19.
Lee said the order will protect them from liability in terms of COVID-19 treatments and the availability of equipment during the pandemic. The order does not, however, protect hospitals against actions associated with malpractice.
“Hospitals, nursing homes, and health care workers are on the front lines of fighting this pandemic, and this EO provides protection from liability with respect to COVID-impacted treatment and resource availability, except in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct,” said Gov. Lee. “Because the law only allows us to take this action for healthcare providers, any other liability issues will need to be taken up by the General Assembly.”
While cases in Bradley County and the Southeast Region of Tennessee are increasing, metropolitan areas are considering mandatory face coverings to limit the risk of spreading the virus.
Nashville’s mask mandate went into effect Wednesday, but the mandate offers exceptions to children under age 12, in outdoor spaces where social distancing is practiced, in one’s own car, for those who cannot wear a face mask due to a medical condition, in indoor areas where social distancing is practiced and in buildings leased by the state of Tennessee or federal government.
The mandate also provides exception to places of worship, though they are strongly encouraged by the governor.
In the state of Tennessee, an additional 1,806 individuals were confirmed with the virus Wednesday, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
An additional 684 Tennesseans recovered from COVID-19, and five people died, as the health department confirmed Wednesday. A total of 609 people have died in Tennessee from COVID-19 since March.
Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include:
• Grundy: 58 cases, 50 recoveries and 1 death;
• Hamilton: 2,532 cases, 1,654 recoveries and 30 deaths;
• Marion: 67 cases, 46 recoveries and 4 deaths;
• McMinn: 216 cases, 158 recoveries and 17 deaths;
• Meigs: 32 cases, 27 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Monroe: 135 cases, 91 recoveries and 4 deaths;
• Polk: 41 cases, 31 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Rhea: 272 cases, 238 recoveries and 0 deaths; and
• Sequatchie: 28 cases, 22 recoveries and 0 deaths.
Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:
• Bedford: 520 cases, 377 recoveries and 5 deaths;
• Bledsoe: 618 cases, 612 recoveries and 1 death;
• Davidson: 9,769 cases, 6,196 recoveries and 114 deaths;
• Knox: 982 cases, 584 recoveries and 5 deaths;
• Lake: 690 cases, 688 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Montgomery: 493 cases, 188 recoveries and 7 deaths;
• Putnam: 805 cases, 592 recoveries and 7 deaths;
• Robertson: 776 cases, 465 recoveries and 11 deaths;
• Rutherford: 2,648 cases, 1,196 recoveries and 35 deaths;
• Shelby: 10,344 cases, 6,739 recoveries and 193 deaths;
• Sumner: 1,469 cases, 595 recoveries and 52 deaths;
• Trousdale: 1,489 cases, 1,422 recoveries and 5 deaths;
• Williamson: 1,090 cases, 523 recoveries and 14 deaths; and
• Wilson: 829 cases, 424 recoveries and 17 deaths.
According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Thursday morning, more than 2.6 million individuals in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, with 128,062 deaths and 729,994 recoveries.
Globally, 10.7 million individuals have tested positive, resulting in 516,738 deaths and more than 5.5 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins.
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