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 53, and that includes 48 (up four from Friday) cases confirmed and probable. Of the cases, 32 of those patients have recovered while 15 patients are recovering and one patient has died. Results through Saturday from 2,800 COVID-19 tests in Campbell County have come back negative.
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, the Tennessee Department of Health reports 637 people have died from complications due to the Coronavirus as of Saturday afternoon. That’s four more deaths since Friday. Additionally, 2,860 patients have been hospitalized.
As of Saturday afternoon’s report, 50,140 tests ( up 1,428 from Friday) have come back positive for the virus out of 878,230 tests. The number of patients who have recovered from the virus totals 30,043.
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 here 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 – 07/04/2020-3:00 PM)