By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ
NASHVILLE – And then there were none. When the Tennessee Department of Health released its COVID-19 testing numbers Tuesday, the last COVID-free county vanished from the map, as Hancock County reported its first case. Total positive test results across the Upper Cumberland (U.C.) increased by 65 to 636, with 53% of those (336) already recovered.
The bump in positive results that was expected after the state was reopened has been realized in the U.C. as positive results have risen 25% since Friday, jumping from 505 to 636, an increase of 131, with the percentage of positive test results rising from 3.5% to 4%.
Putnam County reported the largest jump gaining 80 positive results since Friday, an increase of 38.8% in the total number, taking its active number of cases from 97 to 160.
There was a 42% increase in active U.C. tests, rising from 211 to 300. Putnam had the biggest increase at 63, followed by Macon who gained 10 active cases.
Overnight numbers gained slightly. The state reported a daily increase of 367 for a total of 18,378 positive cases. There are also 10,969, or 60%, who have recovered. The U.C. has had 336 to recover, or 53%.
Current total positive numbers for the U.C. number 636 and break down as follows: Cannon (13), Clay (6), Cumberland (94), DeKalb (32), Fentress (9), Jackson (13), Macon (93), Overton (18), Pickett (2), Putnam (286), Smith (29), Van Buren (4), Warren (16) and White (21).
Current total active cases for the U.C. number 300, and break down as follows: Cannon (2), Clay (1), Cumberland (30), DeKalb (12), Fentress (5), Jackson (6), Macon (49), Overton (8), Pickett (2), Putnam (160), Smith (8), Van Buren (2), Warren (10) and White (12).
The UC region saw a higher-than-average number of tests performed since Friday, reporting 1,607 completed tests.