The Knox County Health Department is reviewing it’s contact tracing guidelines for COVID-19. Tracing is stretched thin due to the surge in cases. 437 new cases of COVID-19 are reported in Knox County. Martha Buchanan, Director of the Knox County Health Department, says this is the largest one day number since the pandemic began.
Buchanan says many people believe they may only have a cold or allergies so they wait a few days before being tested for COVID-19. By the time someone is tested, they are looking at a week before their department is notified and can begin contact tracing. She says if you have any symptoms you are urged to be tested and not wait.
There have been 172 deaths related to COVID-19 in Knox County as of Tuesday, December 1st.