When asked about exposure to COVID, Charity Menefee, Director of Communicable and Environmental Disease and Emergency Preparedness of the Knox County Health Department, says “Essentially exposure can be anywhere out there with the amount of, and community wide spread that we have going on. At this point there’s many potential exposures so this is why it is so important to behave as if anyone you come in contact with could have given you COVID-19 or vice versa. That’s where the 5 core actions come into play and it’s so important to follow them at all times.”
As of 11/19/20 there have been 140 deaths related to COVID-19 in Knox County.
Dr. Martha Buchanan, Director of the Knox County Health Department, says “Treating any medical disease is complicated and unfortunately people still die even there we learn more about how to treat the disease, they still die from complications of or by the disease. Just like people die from flu. We’ve also seen an uptick in cases in our elderly population and we know that folks that are older tend to have more complications in a more risk for dying of COVID so unfortunately all of those things combined with the complexity of treating COVID and some increase in cases in our older population combined to keep the death higher than we like to see.”