Coalition: Tenn. 8th highest in new coronavirus cases in US, Hardin County 20th highest in state

According to globalepidemics.org, Tennessee risk levels by county, as of Sunday: Hardin County has the 20th highest average number of new daily cases in the state, considered “COVID Risk Level: Red,” the highest risk level designation. Tennessee ranks eighth in the nation for highest average number of new daily cases. 

Just over six months into its experience with the global COVID-19 pandemic that has infected 31.5 million people and killed nearly 1 million worldwide, Hardin County reportedly has one of the highest rates of new infections in the nation.
Both Tennessee and Hardin County are currently considered “hot spots” compared to most other states.
According to https://globalepidemics.org, a website published by a coalition of researchers and public health experts from the Harvard Global Health Institute, the Brown School of Public Health and others, Tennessee ranked eighth highest in the nation for the average number of new daily cases as of Sunday.
Based on a seven-day rolling average of new cases, Tennessee on Sunday had 24.6 new cases a day per 100,000 residents. With a total population of roughly 6.9 million, that means Tennessee is averaging about 1,696 new COVID-19 cases per day.
The state with the highest number of new cases is North Dakota, with 44.8 new cases a day per 100,000 residents. The state with the lowest number of new cases is Maine, with 1.9 new cases a day per 100,000 residents.
Based on Tennessee’s level of new daily cases, the coalition gives the state a “COVID Risk Level: Orange” designation, the second highest level of risk due to accelerated spread, and recommends statewide stay-at-home orders and/or rigorous test and trace programs.
The coalition also strongly advises wearing masks or face coverings while in public, and practicing rigorous personal hygiene and social distancing measures.
Compared to all 94 other counties in Tennessee, the coalition lists Hardin County as having the 20th highest daily new case count, and gives Hardin County a “COVID Risk Level: Red” designation, the highest risk level for COVID-19 infection.
According to the coalition, Hardin County has 50.1 new cases a day per 100,000 residents. Hardin County is experiencing an average of just over 12.5 new COVID-19 cases a day, based on a population of just over 25,000.
The Tennessee county with the highest number of new cases per day is Houston, with 92.3 new cases a day per 100,000 residents; Decatur County is a close second with 87 new cases a day per 100,000 residents.
The Tennessee county with the lowest number of new cases per day is Wayne, with 6.9 new cases a day per 100,000 residents.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, as of Monday, 967 Hardin countians, or about 3.7%, have been reported as positive for COVID-19. Of those, 827, or 85.5% of those infected, have been reported as recovered, while 14 people are reported to have died, which is about 1.4% of those infected.
Also as of Monday, there remain 126 (13%) with active infections, and 25 (2.3%) of infected Hardin countians have had severe enough symptoms to require hospital care.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, reliable sources told The Courier that of those hospitalized in Hardin County, almost all have been above 50 years old, while a few have been 40-50 years old and at least one is believed to be under 40; there have been no known Hardin County residents under 20 hospitalized.
The state health department reports that statewide, as of Monday, there have been 184,409 cases of COVID-19, with 166,674 of those infected having recovered (90%), 2,233 deaths (1.2%) and 8,199 Tennesseans ever hospitalized (4.4% of the total number infected).
The department notes that the number cited as ever hospitalized does not reflect current hospitalizations, and with information pending receipt by the TDOH on 61,193 cases, the number and percentage of Tennesseans ever hospitalized due to COVID-19 are likely to rise.
According to the Tennessee health department, statewide there have been:
•33,365 cases and six deaths of children aged 0-20. That is 18% of all cases and .2% of all deaths statewide, respectively.
•121,249 cases and 383 deaths of adults aged 21-60. That is 66% of all cases and 17.2% of all deaths statewide, respectively.
•29,467 cases and 1,844 deaths of adults 61 years old or older. That is 16% of all cases and 82.6% of all deaths statewide, respectively.

Leave a Comment