By Richard Rourk
Ballad Health confirmed during a press conference earlier today (Thursday, March 26) that one person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Unicoi County.
When asked the age and sex of the individual who tested positive, Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine declined to respond.
“Due to confidentiality, I can’t release that information at this time,” Levine said.
Levine acknowledged more information will be released in regards to the Unicoi County case.
“I can get you more information later,” he said.
According to Levine, the staff at Ballad, especially in Unicoi County, is doing a tremendous job preparing for COVID-19.
“We really appreciate the work everyone is doing in Unicoi; we have had several talks with Eric (Carroll, Unicoi County Hospital administrator) and everyone is doing a great job,” Levine said.
The Erwin Record will provide updates as they become available.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health’s website, tn.gov, the Unicoi County case pushes the total number of cases for the Northeast Tennessee region over the 20 person mark. As of Thursday, March 26, there are a total of 22 confirmed cases in the Northeast Tennessee region. Washington County has nine confirmed cases, Greene County has eight confirmed cases of COVID-19, Sullivan County has four confirmed cases.
The total number of positive cases in Tennessee has now topped 957 from approximately 14,909 that have been tested. There have been 76 hospitalizations and three deaths in Tennessee a result of COVID-19 as of March 26.
Of those 957 cases, 260 are between the ages of 21-30, 161 are between the ages of 31-40, 151 are between the ages of 41-50, 141 are between the ages of 51-60, 96 are between the ages of 61-70, 56 are between the ages of 71-80, 56 are between 11-20, 16 are over the age of 80, 13 are between the ages of 0-10 and seven cases have unconfirmed ages.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have now been 68,440 confirmed cases and 994 deaths as a result of COVID-19 in the United States.