Health Dept: Covid-19 drop in Hamilton County is both real and statistical
HAMILTON COUNTY (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Health Department says the statistical drop in people with Covid-19 is both real and actuarial.
They say the number of ACTIVE cases dropped by a lot on Thursday, for these three reasons.
- The Health Department is seeing a downward trend in new positive cases reported daily in Hamilton County.
- The Health Department changed the automatic roll-off of “active” status from 21 days to 14 days earlier this month to align with Tennessee Department of Health and CDC guidance.
- On September 24, 2020, the Health Department applied a “data clean-up” because some recovered/inactive cases had not rolled off automatically as they were supposed to. Cases were manually removed that were no longer active. Moving forward, this should not be a problem with cases not rolling off timely.
Active cases are the number of cases still in their infectious period.
Here is the overall trend now for NEW cases in Hamilton County.
Hospitalizations are also trending down this week.
But Covid-19 related deaths continue in the County.
The Health Department reported two more deaths on Friday, for a total of 94 here during the pandemic.
We now have seen more than double the deaths in our neighbor counties than in Hamilton:
61 Whitfield/Dalton GA
33 Walker/LaFayette GA
25 McMinn/Athens TN
18 Catoosa/Ringgold GA
18 Cherokee/Murphy NC
17 Bradley/Cleveland TN
12 Rhea/Dayton TN
10 Polk/Benton TN
8 Marion/Jasper TN
6 Murray/Chatsworth GA
5 Dade/Trenton GA
5 Grundy/Altamont TN
4 Bledsoe/Pikeville TN
3 Meigs/Decatur TN
2 Sequatchie/Dunlap TN