White House: COVID-19 Spread in Tennessee ‘Has Become Deeper and Unyielding

NASHVILLE, TN (WKRN) — An unpublished report prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force says the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee over the last month “has become deeper and unyielding,” citing Halloween and “related activities” as contributing to the spike in cases.

The information was included in a document, dated Nov. 15, obtained by ABC News. The report, which is provided to governors across the United States, suggests 47 states and the District of Columbia are in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases, including Tennessee.

The “red zone” indicates states with more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents for the previous week. 18 states were on this list in July, while the number jumped to 38, as of Nov. 1.

Tennessee is currently ranked number 20 on the list with 400 new cases per 100,000 residents, compared to the national average of 294 per 100,000. The list is topped by states including North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.

The report indicates 81 of Tennessee’s 95 counties are in the “red zone.” The five counties topping the list, in order, are Rutherford, Knox, Hamilton, Williamson and Sumner.

During the time period of Nov. 7 through Nov. 13, the report states, on average, 221 patients with confirmed COVID-19, and 121 patients with a suspected case of the virus, were reported as newly admitted each day to hospitals in Tennessee.

The White House Coronavirus Task Force wrote in the report, “over the past month, the spread in Tennessee has become deeper and unyielding. Week over week increases in hospitalizations, reported limited bed availability, and increasing deaths correlate with Halloween and related activities.”

The report continued, “with Thanksgiving and upcoming holidays, Tennesseans must understand the COVID-19 situation statewide. Serious messaging and action is needed from state leadership; recommending Tennesseans wear masks in public settings communicates the current risk level and identify actions all Tennesseans need to take.”

The task force added, “effective practices to decrease transmission in public spaces include limiting restaurant indoor capacity to less than 25% and limiting bar hours until cases and test positivity decrease to the yellow zone.”

Only three states are not in the “red zone,” according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force — Maine, Vermont and Hawaii.

English:

NASHVILLE, TN (WKRN) – An unpublished report prepared by the White House Task Force on Coronavirus says the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee over the past month “has become more profound and inflexible,” citing Halloween and “Related activities” as contributors to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

The information was included in a document, dated November 15, obtained by ABC News. The report, which is provided to the governors of the United States, suggests that 47 states and the District of Columbia are in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases, including Tennessee.

The “red zone” indicates states with more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents during the previous week. 18 states were on this list in July, while the number jumped to 38, as of November 1.

Tennessee currently ranks 20th on the list with 400 new cases per 100,000 residents, compared to the national average of 294 per 100,000. The list is headed by states that include North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.

The report indicates that 81 of the 95 counties in Tennessee are in the “red zone.” The top five counties, in order, are Rutherford, Knox, Hamilton, Williamson, and Sumner.

During the time period from November 7 to 13, the report indicates that, on average, 221 confirmed COVID-19 patients and 121 patients with a suspected case of the virus, were admitted as newly admitted each day in hospitals from Tennessee. .

The White House Coronavirus Task Force wrote in the report, “Over the past month, the spread in Tennessee has grown deeper and more inflexible. Weekly increases in hospitalizations, limited bed availability, and increased deaths correlate with Halloween and related activities. “

The report continued, “With Thanksgiving and the upcoming celebrations, Tennesseans need to understand the COVID-19 situation across the state. Serious messages and actions are needed from state leaders; recommend that Tennesseans wear masks in public places by communicating the current level of risk and identifying actions that all Tennesseans should take. “

The task force added, “Effective practices to decrease transmission in public spaces include limiting indoor restaurant capacity to less than 25% and limiting bar hours until cases and test positivity drop to the yellow zone. ”.

Only three states are not in the “red zone,” according to the White House Coronavirus Task Force: Maine, Vermont and Hawaii.

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