KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – The state of Tennessee has been identified as the place with the highest rate of COVID-19 infections per capita in the country, officials say.
Dr Patrick O’Brien cited the statistic at Wednesday night’s Board of Health meeting.
“You don’t want to be number one in the world,” he says. “It’s wrong to say we’re number one, and that’s because we have the worst percentages of COVID per population in the world.”
A study by covidexitstrategy.org echoes similar data. The website identified Tennessee and Ohio as the only places in the country with more than 1,000 cases per million citizens on Monday. However, on Wednesday, according to the New York Times, Tennessee, Arizona and Rhode Island led the country.
“We have more deaths in the state of Tennessee than the entire Pickett County population,” O’Brien said.
The New York Times has a COVID-19 tracking site, which lists the top 20 cities where COVID-19 is growing at a rapid rate. Almost half of the cities listed are located in Tennessee.
The following states of Tennessee were put on the list and are considered a city where “bad news could be ahead”:
-No. 3 Sevierville
-Non. 6 Cleveland
-No. 7 Athens
-No. 8 Tullahoma
-Non. 9 Greeneville
-Non. 11 Crossville
-Non. 12 Morristown
-Non. 17 Cookeville
-Non. 18 Nashville
-Non. 19 Johnson City
You can find the rest of the list here.
The Health Council has considered sending a resolution to Gov. Bill Lee’s office asking for a statewide mask warrant to help prevent the virus from continuing to spread uncontrollably.
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