Note: After this story was published, the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Anderson County.
This story was last updated at 11:55 p.m.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee jumped to 154 on Thursday, up from 98 on Wednesday.
That’s a 57 percent increase in one day, the largest day-to-day increase. The increase is due to more tests being available, said Lisa Piercey, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health.
There are 15 hospitalizations but no deaths, Piercey said.
The contagious respiratory illness is now in 17 counties, but about half of the cases are in Davidson County, which includes Nashville, in Middle Tennessee.
The total number of cases could be higher because there could be cases that have not yet been reported to the Tennessee Department of Health, which releases its state total at 2 p.m. each day. For example, a COVID-19 case confirmed in Anderson County on Thursday afternoon is not yet included in the state total.
Piercey said the state is still struggling to get some supplies in some areas, particularly personal protective equipment, but there are efforts that could help supply items like masks, according to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
For screening for testing, the state is giving priority to health care workers, people over 65 years old, and those who are hospitalized.[Read more…]