Bradley County and the state of Tennessee are at their highest number of cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic's start, and daily totals are routinely surpassing those recorded at what was thought to be the peak in mid-April or early May.
Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order allowing county governors in 89 counties to mandate mask-wearing in public spaces and businesses, but Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis has said he doesn’t see a need for that yet locally.
“I strongly agree with the governor in encouraging and issuing a strong recommendation to wear a face mask anytime out in the public,” Davis said, adding that the recommended six-foot rule, avoiding crowds and frequent hand-washing are important in avoiding spreading COVID-19. “Those are the best things to do.”
According to TDH data released Sunday, Bradley County has now topped 700 cases. That total is now 707, which places Bradley with the 12th highest number of confirmed cases among Tennessee's 95 counties.
Of those 707, recoveries total 370, and Bradley records 334 active cases. Bradley County has recorded 7,113 negative test results.
Bradley County has added 263 new cases of COVID-19 since June 29. The previous week, 106 new cases were recorded, including 44 at the Bradley County Jail, as well as clusters in at least two local church offices and congregations. The Tennessee Department of Health did not report data for Sunday, June 28, due to technical issues with their tracking system and an excess of test kits to process.
On May 1, Tennessee recorded 1,156 new cases of COVID-19. At that time, the state was in its first phase of reopening businesses closed by the pandemic. Cases declined, but beginning the week of Memorial Day, cases have been on a steady incline.
Recent numbers have eclipsed the state’s previous peak. With at least 1,200 new cases reported every day in the last week, the new statewide peak was recorded Monday, June 29, with 2,125 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tennessee.
As of Saturday, the total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee was 51,431, including 646 deaths, 2,871 hospitalizations and 30,254 recoveries.
Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include:
• Grundy: 62 cases, 50 recoveries and 1 death;
• Hamilton: 2,781 cases, 1,803 recoveries and 35 deaths;
• Marion: 73 cases, 47 recoveries and 4 deaths;
• McMinn: 237 cases, 166 recoveries and 18 deaths;
• Meigs: 32 cases, 27 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Monroe: 140 cases, 95 recoveries and 6 deaths;
• Polk: 45 cases, 32 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Rhea: 286 cases, 244 recoveries and 0 deaths; and
• Sequatchie: 42 cases, 25 recoveries and 0 deaths.
Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:
• Bedford: 570 cases, 410 recoveries and 5 deaths;
• Bledsoe: 620 cases, 612 recoveries and 1 death;
• Davidson: 11,089 cases, 6,611 recoveries and 122 deaths;
• Knox: 1,171 cases, 627 recoveries and 7 deaths;
• Lake: 692 cases, 688 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Montgomery: 554 cases, 202 recoveries and 7 deaths;
• Putnam: 883 cases, 609 recoveries and 7 deaths;
• Robertson: 834 cases, 506 recoveries and 11 deaths;
• Rutherford: 2,987 cases, 1,304 recoveries and 35 deaths;
• Shelby: 11,793 cases, 7,283 recoveries and 200 deaths;
• Sumner: 1,610 cases, 645 recoveries and 52 deaths;
• Trousdale: 1,498 cases, 1,424 recoveries and 5 deaths;
• Williamson: 1,313 cases, 569 recoveries and 15 deaths; and
• Wilson: 941 cases, 445 recoveries and 17 deaths.
According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Monday morning, more than 2.8 million individuals in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, with 129,947 deaths and 906,763 recoveries.
Globally, 11.4 million individuals have tested positive, resulting in 534,784 deaths and more than 6.1 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins.