Tennessee Now in Hot-Bed for New COVID-19 Cases, White House Coronavirus Task Force Gives Advice

The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases of COVID-19 across the state on Friday, July 17.

The health department reported 2,279 new cases, bringing the state to 73,819 total cases.

TDH also confirmed 19 additional deaths, bringing Tennessee up to 815 total deaths.

Out of the confirmed positive cases, 42,734 have recovered. Tennessee currently has 30,270 active cases.

An unpublished report prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommends current and “evolving hot spots” in multiple states, including Tennessee, mandate the public use of face masks and limit gathering sizes to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The document identifies Tennessee as one of 18 states in the “red zone” for COVID-19 cases, which means they had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population last week. The report reveals Tennessee had 155 new cases per 100,000 population in the past week, compared to the national average of 119 per 100,000.

Nineteen counties in Tennessee were listed in the “red zone” for new coronavirus cases. The top 12 were Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Bradley, Sevier, Hamblen, Macon, Robertson, Bedford, Dyer, Lauderdale and Smith counties.

*Bedford County: 10 died; 668 confirmed/probable cases; 500 recovered; 4,836 negative tests

*Coffee County: 0 died: 170 confirmed/probable cases; 115 recovered; 5,714 negative tests

*Franklin County: 3 died; 141 confirmed/probable; 80 recovered; 4,153 negative tests

*Grundy County: 2 died; 71 confirmed/probable; 58 recovered; 1,091 negative tests

*Lincoln County: 0 died; 126 confirmed/probable; 59 recovered; 2,954 negative tests

*Moore County: 0 died; 28 confirmed/probable; 9 recovered; 686 negative tests

*Rutherford County: 41 died; 4,242 confirmed/probable; 1,870 recovered; 31,914 negative tests

*Warren County: 2 died; 208 confirmed/probable; 75 recovered; 4,570 negative tests.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,993 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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