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COVID-19 numbers continue to rise

By Richard Rourk

Ballad Health continues to see a spike in Covid-19 cases in the region while health organizations push strongly to vaccinate the region’s population.

On Monday, April 19, 129 patients were hospitalized in the region with COVID-19. Of those, 29 were patients in ICU and 19 required ventilators. The positivity rate in the region reached 12.8 percent.

As of Monday, April 19, Unicoi County had 47 active cases of COVID-19. According to the Tennessee Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard, 49 COVID-19-related deaths have occured in Unicoi County.

In Northeast Tennessee, as of April 19, Washington County has 436 active positive cases of COVID-19 with 242 related deaths; Sullivan County has 586 active cases and 287 reported deaths; Greene County has 123 active cases and 153 deaths; Hawkins County has 140 active cases and 106 deaths; Carter County has 179 active cases and 156 deaths; and Johnson County is reporting 70 active cases of COVID-19 and 38 deaths.

There have been 692,099 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 9,697 deaths as a result of the virus in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

According to the CDC, as of Monday, April 19, the United States has confirmed 31,484,148 positive cases and 564,292 deaths due to COVID-19 since Jan. 21, 2020.

As of Monday, April 19, 3,630,830 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Tennessee. In Unicoi County, at least 10,746 individuals have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.