COVID-19 testing continues in Tennessee on patient's who report having Coronavirus symptoms. As of Thursday morning, almost 33,000 tests have been conducted. That number includes both state laboratories and private sector labs. Out of the tests performed, 2,683 tests have returned positive for COVID-19. To date, 25 COVID-19 deaths have been tabulated, one in Rutherford County.
Meanwhile, suicide is a growing concern among health care providers in the Volunteer State. Knox County has recorded 10 deaths by suicide over a six day period. 9 of the 10 took place in the same 48-hour window. Most of the deaths were said to be tied to domestic situations.
While the deaths may not be directly tied to the COVID-19 Pandemic, to Governor has focused more time and attention on domestic violence, child abuse and mental health problems that are likely going to increase as more jobs are lost and more people find themselves short on both finances and food.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or reach out to the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line at 855-274-7471.