UPDATE: Tennessee now has some of the HIGHEST COVID-19 Numbers, when compared to other states in the U.S.

Sep 03, 2021 at 12:14 pm by WGNS

Tennessee has quickly moved into the number one spot for the spread of COVID.

Current numbers show that out of every 100-thousand Tennesseans, 15.586 people are infected with / or have had the coronavirus. These most recent numbers put the Volunteer State at number one for COVID-19.

Deaths from COVID and Total Numbers

Despite the high number of cases, Tennessee is not the state with the highest number of COVID related deaths. Florida is showing 1.51 deaths per every 100,000 residents and has most recently recorded an average of 325.3-deaths per day. Tennessee is seeing an average of 35-deaths per date and that number equals 0.51 deaths per every 100,000 residents.

To date, there have been 1,064,427 positive COVID-19 cases in the state and 13,554 deaths have been recorded in Tennessee, since the start of the Pandemic. As of Friday (09/03/2021), 972,620 cases were listed as inactive or recovered.

If you look at the age groups of those who have contracted COVID-19, those in the 21 to 30-year-old bracket have been the most heavily impacted, accounting for 18% of the total cases in Tennessee. However, that age group only accounts for 1% of the total number of deaths caused by COVID-19.

Records indicate the age group that includes those who are 71 or older account for 8% of the total COVID cases and 65% of the total number of deaths caused by COVID in Tennessee. As of September 3, 2021, there have been 8,873 COVID related deaths in the age group of 71 and older.

Males account for 54% of all COVID cases in Tennessee, while females account for 46% of the total cases to date.

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Rutherford County Numbers

When examining Rutherford County, there have been 52,186 COVID cases reported thus far, a number that changes hourly. On Friday (September 3, 2021), there were 3,565 Active COVID-19 cases. Just 17-days prior, the number of Active cases stood at 2,068 in Rutherford County, a change of more than 1,400 NEW cases since August 17, 2021. There have also been 474 deaths in Rutherford County since the start of the pandemic.

Shelby County currently has the highest number of Active COVID cases at 7,627. The Memphis area has also seen the highest number of cases overall with 1,266,707 since the start of the pandemic.

Davidson County comes in at number two in the state, recording 1,188,091 total COVID cases since the start of the pandemic. On Friday, September 3, 2021, Davidson County is showing 4,717 Active COVID cases.

Rutherford County Schools Update

Between August 23rd and August 27th, a total of 107-county school employees have tested positive for COVID-19. That same period of time equaled 306-county school employees on quarantine.

As for county school students, there were 1,360 positive COVID cases confirmed between August 23rd and August 27th. When looking at students on quarantine, the number last stood at 3,680-students.

Christiana Middle School has recorded the highest number of students testing positive for COVID-19 at 127 students, as of August 27, 2021. Stewarts Creek High School has seen the highest number of students on quarantine, with 600 students, as of August 27, 2021.   

The most recent WGNS article on the county schools can be found HERE.  

Getting the Vaccine

For those who have had COVID-19, there maybe more of a drive to get vaccinated. But, how long should you wait after your symptoms clear to get the COVID vaccine?

Originally, numerous reports indicated a need to wait 90-days before getting vaccinated, but that no longer the case. Now, organizations like The Cleveland Clinic recommend getting vaccinated as soon as you get out of quarantine. However, if you received monoclonal antibodies, you must wait the full 90-days to receive the vaccine.

The monoclonal antibodies are proteins that are made in a laboratory and administered to patients to help fight the virus. That said, you should know if you received the antibodies during your treatment of COVID-19.

The CDC reports, “While there is no recommended minimum interval between infection and vaccination, current evidence suggests that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection is low in the months after initial infection but may increase with time due to waning immunity.”

Learn more about COVID-19 and see more numbers from Tennessee HERE. See the COVID update from the TN Department of Health HERE.


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