Mon
Nov 23 2020
05:47 am

Grainger County Mayor Mike Byrd issued an Executive Order where Grainger county residents and visitors must now wear a mask or facial covering in public.

Sun
Nov 22 2020
06:58 am

Coronavirus cases rising steadily, up 22.1% in the past week.
Coronavirus deaths rising steadily, 18 deaths in the past week.
Over two deaths a day (up from nearly two deaths a day one week ago and one death a day two weeks ago).
Of the 5 Benchmarks sorta, kinda used to determine how Knox County will handle managing the coronavirus, 3 are in the Red and 2 are in the Yellow. It must be getting bad when the "Sustained or increased public health capability" benchmark goes yellow, which I believe is the only benchmark that had always been green up until this past week.

*** Positivity rate = 13% (up from 12%)
*** 7-day average is 12.2% (up from 11%).
Positivity rate preferred to be below 3%.
As of November 15, 2020, Knox County is in the Red Zone and as of November 8, 2020, remains in the red zone.

The Knox County Health Department reports

16,682 coronavirus cases and 928 probable cases.

That's 1,596 new cases in the past week,
That's a 22.1% increase over one week ago.

There are 82 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.
Six more than a week ago.

There have been 146 deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
Eighteen deaths due to COVID-19 in the past week.
That's a 14.1% increase in deaths in the past week (128 as of November 14).

5 in the 18-44 age group (3%)
25 in the 45-64 age group (17%)
36 in the 65-74 age group (25%)
80 in the 75+ age group (55%)

As of November 17, 2020, ICU Bed availability is at 16.9% (278 ICU beds total with 47 beds available) .
ICU bed availability is down as compared to a week ago.
(Note, the week of 9/1/2020, ICU bed capacity was 278, then the week of 9/8/2020, ICU bed capacity was raised to 374, then the week of Sept. 22 ICU bed capacity has been reduced back down to 278.)
(Note, prior to the 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County hospitals have increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On November 19, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on October 29)

37918 has the most cases with 1,465 cases (population 44,476) (11.5% increase)
37920 with 1,338 cases (population 39,000) (11.0% increase)
37922 with 1,081 cases (population 41,539) (11.0% increase)
37921 with 1,042 cases (population 28,000) (7.1% increase)
37916 with 981 cases (population 12,507) (1.9% increase)
37919 with 959 cases (population 28,000) (13.9% increase)
37923 with 921 cases (population 30,000) (11.9% increase)
37917 with 734 cases (population 27,000) (7.3% increase)

Be careful out there.

Sun
Nov 22 2020
06:31 am

** For November 20, 2020, the daily positivity rate was 14.8% (up 3.4% from 11/6) and the positivity rate for the last 7 days was 14% (up 3.2% from 11/6) ***

There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee’s Unified Command Group announced the launch of a new website to provide COVID-19 data, additional health information and relevant updates to Tennesseans. Select the DATA option towards the top right for Tennessee and county numbers.

According to the TN Dept. of Health,

335,887 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and
4,211 have died from it.

That is an additional 30,767 cases in one week and
an additional 334 reported deaths.

4,243,912 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 210,558 tests in the past week.

Hospitalizations have increased. From November 14 to November 21 (7 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 10.3% (by 192 from 1,868 to 2,060).

7.9% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.

61.6% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Be careful out there.

Thu
Nov 19 2020
04:32 pm

The federal government gave Tennessee about $180 million to help families who benefited from free school lunches but couldn’t get those meals when the pandemic closed schools this spring.

Most states mailed these credits to families immediately but in Tennessee, thousands of families are still trying to get these vital benefits months later.
...
Tennessee was one of 17 states that initially used an application process to avoid potential fraud.
...
there isn’t an application anymore for these credits.

For the second round, she [Tennessee Department of Human Services Commissioner Barnes] said they sent thousands of P-EBT cards directly to school districts that will distribute them to qualifying families.
...
The state said any cards that aren’t picked up after 30 days will be returned to the Department of Human Services for disposal.

If you qualify, go get your P-EBT cards now.

Sun
Nov 15 2020
07:09 am

Coronavirus cases rising steadily, up 14.8% in the past two weeks.
Coronavirus deaths rising steadily, 23 deaths in the past two weeks.
Nearly two deaths a day (up from one death a day two weeks ago).
Of the 5 Benchmarks sorta, kinda used to determine how Knox County will handle managing the coronavirus, 3 are in the Red, 1 in the Yellow, and one Green (Sustained or increased public health capability, which I believe is the only benchmark that has always been green).

*** Positivity rate = 13% (up from 12%)
*** 7-day average is 12.2% (up from 11%).
Positivity rate preferred to be below 3%.
As of October 25, 2020, Knox County is in the Red Zone and as of November 8, 2020, remains in the red zone.

The Knox County Health Department reports

15,086 coronavirus cases and 823 probable cases.

That's 1,949 new cases in the past two weeks,
That's a 14.8% increase over two weeks ago.

There are 76 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.
Nine more than two weeks ago.

There have been 128 deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
Twenty-three deaths due to COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
That's a 21.9% increase in deaths in the past two weeks (105 as of October 31).

5 in the 18-44 age group (4%)
23 in the 45-64 age group (18%)
28 in the 65-74 age group (22%)
72 in the 75+ age group (56%)

As of November 9, 2020, ICU Bed availability is at 20.9% (278 ICU beds total with 58 beds available) .
ICU bed availability is up as compared to two weeks ago.
(Note, the week of 9/1/2020, ICU bed capacity was 278, then the week of 9/8/2020, ICU bed capacity was raised to 374, then the week of Sept. 22 ICU bed capacity has been reduced back down to 278.)
(Note, prior to the 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County hospitals have increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On October 29, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on October 16)

37918 has the most cases with 1,314 cases (population 44,476) (15.7% increase)
37920 with 1,205 cases (population 39,000) (16.9% increase)
37922 with 974 cases (population 41,539) (25.7% increase)
37921 with 973 cases (population 28,000) (9.8% increase)
37916 with 963 cases (population 12,507) (5.2% increase)
37919 with 842 cases (population 28,000) (15.5% increase)
37923 with 823 cases (population 30,000) (21.9% increase)
37917 with 684 cases (population 27,000) (9.8% increase)

Be careful out there.

Sun
Nov 15 2020
06:45 am

** For November 6, 2020, the daily positivity rate was 11.4% (up 0.8% from 10/30) and the positivity rate for the last 7 days was 10.8% (up 0.6% from 10/30) ***

There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee’s Unified Command Group announced the launch of a new website to provide COVID-19 data, additional health information and relevant updates to Tennesseans. The site is now available at COVID19.tn.gov. Select the DATA option towards the top right for Tennessee and county numbers.

According to the TN Dept. of Health,

305,120 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and
3,877 have died from it.

That is an additional 44,448 cases in two weeks and
an additional 524 reported deaths.

4,033,354 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 376,349 tests in the past two weeks.

Hospitalizations have increased. From October 31 to November 14 (14 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 33.5% (by 469 from 1,399 to 1,868).

7.5% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.

58.5% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Be careful out there.

Sat
Nov 14 2020
10:17 am

15 games have been either canceled or postponed so far as the number of coronavirus cases around the country continues to rise. By Friday afternoon, eight of the 10 leagues were facing at least one cancellation or postponement, with the SEC topping the list at four.

Georgia/Missouri, Tennessee/Texas A&M, Auburn/Mississippi State, and Alabama/LSU all postponed.

The Knoxville Police Department will reimplement its COVID-19 safety measures starting Friday morning.

What this means, is that officers will limit their response to only emergencies that require immediate police presence or intervention; or calls that involve a threat of violence.

You have until Tuesday, December 15, 2020 to enroll in or change 2021 Marketplace health coverage that starts January 1, 2021.

Enroll at HealthCare.gov.

You can review 2021 plans & estimated prices before you log in.

All plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventive services. Your deductible, out of pocket expenses, co-pay, co-insurance are all dependent on which plan you select.

Fri
Nov 6 2020
11:21 am

US setting records for new coronavirus cases.

Daily new confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged 45% over the past two weeks, to a record 7-day average of 86,352, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Deaths are also on the rise, up 15 percent to an average of 846 deaths every day.

Eight deaths in Knox County in 6 days. Older people beware, it's dangerous out there.

Starting today, Nov. 6, all of Clayton-Bradley Academy’s 320 students will go to virtual learning until Dec. 7, Assistant Director Kendall Terry told The Daily Times.

Maryville High School vs Science Hill football game canceled due to COVID-19.

Be careful out there.

Tue
Nov 3 2020
04:08 pm

While we wait for election results...

According to Kim Bumpas, the president of Visit Knoxville, Knoxville's tourism rates have already been higher than many other states across the United States.

On Saturday, August 15, occupancy soared to 98.5 percent downtown, which is a more than a 2% increase from this time a year ago.

Whereas, "Visit Knoxville is spending more than $500,000 from CARES Act funds." They are "working to drive tourism up in the city in a safe way by launching a new campaign. "

Hmmmm... Is it possible that money could be spent on those in more need?

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Sun
Nov 1 2020
06:26 am

Coronavirus cases rising steadily, up 14.4% in the past two weeks.
Coronavirus deaths rising steadily, 12 deaths in the past two weeks.
Nearly a death a day.

** Positivity rate = 13.23% *** 7-day average is 9.9%.
Positivity rate preferred to be below 3%.
As of October 25, 2020, Knox County is in the Red Zone.

The Knox County Health Department reports

13,137 coronavirus cases and 665 probable cases.

That's 1,658 new cases in the past two weeks,
That's a 14.4% increase over two weeks ago.

There are 67 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.
One more than two weeks ago.

There have been 105 deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
Twelve deaths due to COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
That's a 12.9% increase in deaths in the past two weeks (93 as of October 17).

5 in the 18-44 age group (5%)
21 in the 45-64 age group (20%)
25 in the 65-74 age group (24%)
54 in the 75+ age group (51%)

As of October 27, 2020, ICU Bed availability is at 12.9% (278 ICU beds total with 36 beds available) .
ICU bed availability is down as compared to two weeks ago.
(Note, the week of 9/1/2020, ICU bed capacity was 278, then the week of 9/8/2020, ICU bed capacity was raised to 374, then the week of Sept. 22 ICU bed capacity has been reduced back down to 278.)
(Note, prior to the 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County hospitals have increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On October 29, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on October 16)

37918 has the most cases with 1,136 cases (population 44,476) (15.6% increase)
37920 with 1,031 cases (population 39,000) (11.8% increase)
37916 with 915 cases (population 12,507) (6.4% increase)
37921 with 886 cases (population 28,000) (25.08% increase)
37922 with 775 cases (population 41,539) (18.7% increase)
37919 with 729 cases (population 28,000) (12.2% increase)
37923 with 675 cases (population 30,000) (16.2% increase)
37917 with 623 cases (population 27,000) (12.1% increase)

Be careful out there.

Sun
Nov 1 2020
06:24 am

** For October 30, 2020, the daily positivity rate was 10.6% and the positivity rate for the last 7 days was 10.2% ***
That's up from 8.62% two weeks ago.

There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health,

260,672 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and
3,353 have died from it.

That is an additional 37,179 cases in two weeks and an additional 482 reported deaths.

3,657,005 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 362,949 tests in the past two weeks.

Hospitalizations appear to have increased. From October 16 to October 31 (15 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 20.0% (by 233 from 1,166 to 1,399).

7.0% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.

53.1% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Be careful out there.

With a population of approx. 133,000, Blount County saw five new deaths Friday from the virus, bringing its total to 41.

With a population of approx. 470,000, "Two more deaths were reported in Knox County, bringing the total to 105 since the pandemic began."

Does the mask mandate make the difference? Or something else?

Sat
Oct 24 2020
10:41 am

"Amid the general collapse of the service economy during the pandemic — think retail or restaurants — appliance repair technicians are seeing explosive demand for their services as families adjust to living at home 24/7, sometimes with adult children, elderly parents or in-laws expanding households and putting more wear and tear on refrigerators and dishwashers.
...
The strain of relentless domesticity is showing up in overworked or, in some cases, previously untouched appliances. America’s stay-at-home workers have had to deploy ovens used to store shoes to actually cook meals. Fridges are constantly mined for snacks, and dry-cleaned suits have been replaced with day pajamas that double as napkins. The machines can take only so much.
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Though not ordinarily this dramatic, there has always been more demand than supply for appliance repair technicians, business owners and industry associations say. It’s a career that can offer good pay, job security and mobility — yet there are never enough takers. The pandemic has just exacerbated the underlying factors, finally putting the spotlight on a previously overlooked essential worker, they argue."

You can make good money, have some freedoms away from an office or store, and provide a service that could be in demand for years.

Sun
Oct 18 2020
12:46 pm

Coronavirus cases up 6.5%.
Coronavirus hospitalizations up again this week, 8.2% , up 53.5% from two weeks ago.
Spike in coronavirus deaths, 7 deaths in the past week.

** Positivity rate = 8.6% *** 7-day average is 9.76%.
Positivity rate preferred to be below 5%.

The Knox County Health Department reports

11,479 coronavirus cases and 495 probable cases.

That's 702 new cases in the past week,
That's a 6.5% increase over a week ago.

There are 66 Knox County COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized.
Five more than a week ago.

There have been 93 deaths in Knox County from COVID-19.
Seven deaths due to COVID-19 in the past week.
That's a 8.2% increase in deaths in the past week (86 as of October 10).

5 in the 18-44 age group (5%)
21 in the 45-64 age group (23%)
23 in the 65-74 age group (25%)
44 in the 75+ age group (47%)

** Change in data used for tests conducted on Knox County residents coincide with the new positivity rate added to the website,
Coronavirus test counts nearly double from all previous data.
Hard to imagine why the data is so different.

*From the Knox County, TN, website: "October 14, 2020: To better coincide with the new positivity rate added to the website, KCHD is now using Tennessee Department of Health data (PCR tests only) to calculate testing volume in Knox County. Lag times will still be calculated using a sample data set from Knox County. All values have been updated from April 1, 2020, when testing data became available."

Whereas last Sunday, 9/27/2020, Knox County Health Dept. was showing 3,880 coronavirus tests conducted, the number now is 7,545.
A week ago for the week of 9/20/2020, they showed 3,790 coronavirus test were conducted, the number now is 8,375, etc.

As of October 13, 2020, ICU Bed availability is at 13.7%. (278 ICU beds total with 38 beds available) .
ICU bed availability is up as compared to a week ago.
(Note, the week of 9/1/2020, ICU bed capacity was 278, then the week of 9/8/2020, ICU bed capacity was raised to 374, then the week of Sept. 22 ICU bed capacity has been reduced back down to 278.)
(Note, prior to the 8/4/2020 report, ICU bed capacity was 272. It would appear that Knox County hospitals have increased ICU bed capacity by 6 beds.)

The County Health Department has a map with the number of coronavirus cases per zip code.
On October 16, 2020, these zip codes were reported with the most cases:
(last reported on October 9)

37918 has the most cases with 983 cases (population 44,476) (15.6% increase)
37920 with 922 cases (population 39,000) (16.1% increase)
37916 with 860 cases (population 12,507) (1.8% increase)
37921 with 709 cases (population 28,000) (11.8% increase)
37922 with 653 cases (population 41,539) (18.1% increase)
37919 with 650 cases (population 28,000) (16.1% increase)
37923 with 581 cases (population 30,000) (21.3% increase)
37917 with 556 cases (population 27,000) (10.8% increase)

Be careful out there.

Sun
Oct 18 2020
12:42 pm

** Positivity rate = 8.62% ***

There has been a steady increase in coronavirus (covid-19) cases in Tennessee.

According to the TN Dept. of Health,

223,493 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in TN and
2,871 have died from it.

That is an additional 10,844 cases in one week and an additional 113 reported deaths.

3,294,056 tests have been given to Tennessee residents.
That is an additional 162,517 tests in the past week.

Hospitalizations appear to have increased. From October 10 to October 16 (6 days) the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus has increased by 12.3% (by 128 from 1,038 to 1,166).

6.8% of TN residents tested for the coronavirus have tested positive for the coronavirus.

47.8% of the 6.89 million people estimated to live in TN have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Be careful out there.

Tue
Oct 13 2020
05:41 pm

Drove through Gatlinburg today. It was packed. It appeared 30%, maybe, of the people were wearing masks. We were afraid to roll down our windows. Hundreds of cars were heading to Cades Cove. There was a flashing sign warning of 4 hour wait to drive through. The Laurel Falls trail was packed. No way to social distance. Masks? Don't think so.

Cars from California, New York, and every where in between.

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