Knoxville and East Tennessee coronavirus updates: Latest on the COVID-19 outbreak
Here's what we know about the coronavirus in Knoxville and East Tennessee:
Knox County numbers on Wednesday
ope赞助Knox County has detected 224 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday — 22 people are active, and 197 have recovered.
The death of an 87-year-old man was confirmed Tuesday as the fifth local death attributed to the coronavirus by the Knox County Health Department. Health officials have refused to release any other identifying information about the man.
Of the 34 people hospitalized, three remained in Knox County hospitals Wednesday. The numbers of people listed under active, recovered, died and hospitalized do not equal the number of detected cases because a person could be counted in more than one category as they battled the disease, such as being hospitalized and recovering.
Knox County numbers on Saturday
ope赞助Knox County has detected 209 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, up from 207 on Friday, according to the Knox County Health Department.
ope赞助Of the 209 cases, 180, or 86%, have recovered.
There have been four deaths attributed to the virus. Thirty-one people have been hospitalized, including seven people who remained in Knox County hospitals as of Saturday.
Knox County numbers on Friday
Knox County has detected 207 COVID-19 cases as of Friday, up from 206 on Thursday, according to the Knox County Health Department.
ope赞助Of the 207 cases, 179, or 86%, have recovered.
ope赞助There have been four deaths attributed to the virus. Thirty-one people have been hospitalized, including six people who remained in Knox County hospitals as of Friday.
Gov. Lee won't extend Stay at Home order
Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that his stay-at-home order will not be extended past April 30 ope赞助and that some businesses around the state will begin reopening next week.
"For the good of our state, social distancing must continue, but our economic shutdown cannot," Lee said at his Monday afternoon briefing.
A governor-appointed, 30-member economic recovery group is working with industry leaders to ensure that some businesses can reopen as early as Monday, April 27.
But the green light to quickly reopen businesses doesn't necessarily extend to Tennessee's largest cities, where local authorities must still determine when restrictions can be eased.
Lee's office said it will work with Knox, Davidson, Hamilton, Madison, Shelby and Sullivan counties — all of which operate their own health departments, unlike the other 89 counties with state-run county health agencies — as they plan their own reopen strategies.
ope赞助"I look forward to working with the state to develop a plan for Knox County that gets people back to work as safely and quickly as possible," Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs said in a statement Monday.
Some businesses ignore Stay at Home order
Some nonessential Knoxville businesses have remained open during the coronavirus pandemic, despite safer-at-home rules designed to help prevent deaths and stop the spread of the disease.
ope赞助City government received 324 complaints about businesses not complying with safer-at-home rules through Thursday, which led to eight warnings and one citation.
ope赞助The 324 complaints were reported through the city's 311 line.