Â For the first time in more than a year, the average number of new COVID-19 cases has exceeded 100 per day in Anderson County. Two more deaths and three more hospitalizations were reported between January 5 and January 8, the most recent reporting period, and the positivity rate hit a high of 38% on January 8, meaning roughly four out of 10 patients tested positive for COVID. About 20% of the county’s residents have now been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began almost two years ago,Â and current hospitalizations have increased at Methodist Medical Center since late December. The new surge, presumably driven by the omicron variant, which is now dominant in Tennessee, has surpassed the delta surge, which peaked in September.
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