NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – As of Saturday afternoon, the number of PCR positive tests for COVID-19 during the pandemic according to the Tennessee Department of Health is 489, and that includes 446 cases confirmed and probable in Campbell County (an increase of seven since Friday). Of the cases, 398 are inactive/recovered while 44 patients are recovering and four patients have died. There have been 10,618 PCR Negative Tests in Campbell County.
Further down this page is an explanation on Tennessee’s new reporting system on COVID-19 cases and deaths. The new reporting began on Friday, June 12, 2020.
Across Tennessee, there have been 2,374 deaths attributed to COVID-19 through Saturday with 22 deaths since Friday. Currently, there are 739 people hospitalized.
As of Saturday afternoon’s report, 190,891 tests (up 1,437 since Friday) have come back positive for the virus out of 2,782,844 tests.
NEW REPORTING PROCEDURE FROM THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:
Starting June 12, the Tennessee Department of Health updated its way of reporting cases and deaths connected to COVID-19 in Campbell County and for all of Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting daily the confirmed and probable cases and deaths from COVID-19 “to provide a more comprehensive look at the pandemic in Tennessee.”
Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said in a statement on June 12, “We want to present a clear picture of the burden of COVID-19 on our state, and we want Tennesseans to understand the reason it may appear that we’ve had an increase in our cases and tests completed.”
Tennessee Department of Health defines a confirmed case as “someone who tested positive (via PCR test) for the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Additionally, Tennessee Department of Health defines a probable case as “someone who may have tested negative by PCR, tested positive by another type of test or may not have been tested at all, but has an illness consistent with COVID-19 and may have other risk factors.”
Also explained by the Tennessee Department of Health is the different actions for confirmed or probable cases. The Tennessee Department of Health stated, “For both confirmed and probable cases, public health officials take the same actions. All cases (confirmed and probable) undergo a case investigation and contact tracing interview and are asked to isolate per CDC/TDH guidance. Their contacts are then contacted and asked to quarantine for 14 days.”
The Campbell County Health Department at Jacksboro continues to offer testing free of charge to residents. For scheduling, please call 423.562.8351
See the full report HERE. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/26/2020-3:00 PM)