The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Knox County jumped during the holiday weekend. “We had a statistically significant increase of cases over the weekend,” says Katharine Killen with the Knox County Health Department. KCHD reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 during the weekend, and an increase of ten cases from Monday to Tuesday. The health department is also working with ten possible cases of the virus.
The recent increases come after Knox County began allowing businesses to reopen a few weeks ago, and it follows an apparent downward trend in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Knox County. Charity Menefee is also with KCHD and says the rise in positive cases isn’t a surprise to them. “We do expect to see more cases as people are getting out more and interacting more. That’s why we go back to the five core actions and are really asking people to take it seriously.” The five core actions suggested by KCHD are, staying six feet apart, frequent hand washing, wearing masks, disinfecting surfaces frequently, and staying home when you are sick.
The positive case increase comes as Knox County enters phase two of its reopening plan three days early. Phase two allows more businesses to reopen, including: pools and water venues, food truck parks, bars, theaters, and others. Specific guidelines are also in place for the new businesses that are allowed to reopen. Retail and restaurants were allowed to reopen a few weeks ago.
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