Johnson, Tennessee (WJHL)-black and white. The population-adjusted number of high-tech COVID-19 cases in the region almost coincides with the rising trend of positive test results among test subjects.
Ballard Health Chief Infection Prevention Officer Jamie Swift (Jamie Swift) said on Thursday: “It is worrying that we currently have a high positive rate in the region.” Since the beginning of the pandemic, the hospital system has been Working hard to deal with the COVID-positive patients with the highest number of cases.
“We know that this means more viruses are spreading, even more than we really know.”
Sullivan County’s 7-day positive test percentage on Thursday was 17.96%. This is the highest rate in northeastern Tennessee, almost twice the rate in the county a month ago, and close to twice the current rate in Tennessee.
According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, the national rate on Thursday was 6.3%. The website shows that the rate in Tennessee is 9.5% and the rate in Virginia is 6.1%.
The market area ratio of Ballard’s 21 counties is 14.4%.
The numbers in the other six counties in northeastern Tennessee are not much better than Sullivan, and only Johnson County has seen house prices fall in the past month.
Both Swift and the head of the School of Public Health at East Tennessee State University told the news channel on Thursday that, combined with other available data, the positive rate indicates community spread, spiraling out of control.
“If you don’t change the way of testing over time and your number is increasing, and now the number of hospitalizations has increased, then you have concluded that we are seeing an increase in the pandemic in the area ETSU Public Health Dean Randy Wykoff said.
Wykoff cautioned against reading too much positive rate in isolation. But he said that their current level certainly shows that they do not have enough knowledge to avoid participation in the kind of testing that has already been conducted.
This is especially true when the world is waiting for a vaccine, even if that means that as public health officials and others deal with important mitigation tasks (such as contact tracing), the number of original cases is increasing.
Wyckoff said: “That’s really the best we currently have.” “If you combine testing, contact tracing, isolation, and a high degree of concern for wearing masks, avoiding crowds and social distance, then these are The best tool we have.” So, what is certain is that the more tests we conduct, the better we will be. “
Swift said the positive rate has almost doubled, which makes people unable to believe that the average daily increase in new cases is simply the result of more tests. She also called for continuing to increase the test rate, even if it did not.
Swift said: “If we have a lot of people who have tested positive, we know that some asymptomatic people who have not been tested may be spreading the disease.”
“The worrying thing is that in this region, it takes off as usual, so every indicator tells us that everyone in the region is watching COVID. COVID is spreading actively and quickly, and we must adjust our behavior to understand This part of this section. Pandemic.”